Brian Howe, singer of Bad Company, has died aged 66

Brian Howe, who served eight years as the lead vocalist for British hard-rock band Bad Company, has died aged 66.

Howe passed away after going into cardiac arrest at his Florida home on Wednesday, May 6.

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Brian Howe has died at the age of 66. The former Bad Company vocalist suffered a heart attack in his home on Wednesday, May 6.

Howe’s manager Paul Easton said: It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the untimely passing of a loving father, friend and musical icon.”

Howe joined Bad Company in the mid-1980s and proved a crucial addition at that stage in the band’s career. The release of Fame and Fortune in 1986 leant into a poppier sound. It received limited critical success, inspiring Howe to make some changes.

In a 2019 interview, Howe said I kind of stamped my foot a little bit and said, ‘Guys, this is a rock’n’roll band! We need to toughen things up a little bit. This is a guitar band, you know! This is a bluesy guitar band, and we need to get back on that.’ And with tremendous resistance, they were finally pushed into it, I guess.”

Howe went on to record a further three studio LPs with Bad Company, including the acclaimed Holy Water in 1990. He then released three solo records after leaving the band in 1994 and briefly collaborated with the metal behemoth, Megadeth.