Brian Howe, former lead vocalist of Bad Company has died at the age of 66. Reps for the late rocker confirmed the news, first reported by TMZ, on Thursday.
“It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the untimely passing of a loving father, friend and musical icon, Brian Howe,” his manager Paul Easton said in a statement.
Howe passed away Wednesday at his Florida home after suffering cardiac arrest. Howe had a history of heart disease and suffered a heart attack in 2017.
Brian Anthony Howe was born in Portsmouth, England on July 22, 1953. He had his big break in the U.S. in 1984 when he sang on Ted Nugent’s Penetrator album. He went on to replace Paul Rodgers in Bad Company in 1986 and was one of two primary writers on the band’s highly successful Holy Water album.
After 8 years, Howe left Bad Company to pursue a solo career, saying at the time that leaving the group was “not a difficult decision” and that he was “tired of doing all the work and then getting nothing but resentment for it”.
Howe’s sister Sandie said in a statement on Thursday, “Finding the appropriate words to express the pain in our hearts over losing my brother has been difficult. Our family would like to thank you for your compassion and the outpouring of love we are receiving.”