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Shocked...

Stereolab guitarist Mary Hansen has died. From the NME [via the Zombies list]:
STEREOLAB guitarist MARY HANSEN has died.

Hansen was a core member of Stereolab, playing guitars and providing vocals for the last decade. The 36-year-old died in a cycling accident earlier this week (December 9).

A statement has been issued to NME.COM, that reads: "It is with great regret and deep sadness that we announce the death of Mary Hansen.

"Mary, vocalist and guitar player with Stereolab since 1992, died in a cycling accident in London on December 9, 2002. The suddenness of her death has shocked the band. Mary was a special person. Our thoughts are with her family and friends who will miss her greatly."

Along with Tim Gane and Laetitia Sadier, Stereolab are regarded as one of the most experimental and influential bands of the last ten years.

Their mid-90s albums 'Mars Audiac Quintet' and the eclectic 'Emperor Tomato Ketchup' saw them move towards the mainstream in terms of commercial success the UK.

Their most recent release was a compilation of their BBC Radio sessions, released last October.

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(no subject) - all_askew - Dec. 11th, 2002 12:11 pm (UTC) - Expand
rpkrajewski
Dec. 11th, 2002 12:33 pm (UTC)
For some reason I find this particularly demoralizing. Stereolab walked the talk when it came being open to all kinds of influences and in particular to conducting themselves in an honest way in the business (somehow managing to do what they wanted even signed to a US major).
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