Singer/songwriter and music producer Scott Walker has died, at the age of 76.
On Monday morning, a statement was posted by Scott’s record label 4AD’s website, confirming the news of his death.
They said: “For half a century, the genius of the man born Noel Scott Engel has enriched the lives of thousands, first as one third of The Walker Brothers, and later as a solo artist, producer and composer of uncompromising originality.
“Scott Walker has been a unique and challenging titan at the forefront of British music: audacious and questioning, he has produced works that dare to explore human vulnerability and the godless darkness encircling it.
“We are honoured to have worked with Scott for the last 15 years of his life.”
A cause of death was not given.
In the 1960s, Scott – born in Ohio in 1943 – first rose to prominence among music fans as a member of the trio The Walker Brothers, topping the UK singles chart with Make It Easy On Yourself and The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore.
Scott unveiled his first three albums as a solo artist – Scott, the chart-topping Scott 2 and Scott 3 – in the late 1960s, going on to releasing a total of 16 solo studio albums across his career.
In more recent years, Scott’s career took a more avant-garde turn, as he began to collaborate with artists like Bat For Lashes and Pulp.
He also became known for his work on film scores, including the Natalie Portman outing Vox Lox, which is released in the UK in May.
Scott is survived by his daughter, Lee, granddaughter Emmi-Lee and his partner, Beverly.