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Bad Company Lead Singer Dead at 66

Brian Howe, also a solo artist, suffered cardiac arrest
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2020 11:45 AM CDT

(Newser) – Brian Anthony Howe, the former lead singer of rock band Bad Company, has died at 66. Howe suffered cardiac arrest Wednesday and died either at his Florida home or on the way to a hospital, a relative tells TMZ. The singer also suffered a heart attack in 2017. Howe replaced Paul Rodgers as Bad Company's lead vocalist after performing on Ted Nugent's 1984 album Penetrator. Also a lead songwriter, Howe made four albums with the British group—including 1990's Holy Water, which went platinum, and 1992's Here Comes Trouble, which went gold—before leaving in 1994.

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"It had got to the point where nobody was contributing anything to songwriting and quite frankly, the band was getting very very sloppy live," he said, per the Independent. Bad Company released two more albums with lead singer Robert Hart before Howe released his first solo album, Tangled in Blue, in 1997. The native of Portsmouth, England, left one goal unattained, according to an April 26 tweet. "I have sold millions of records and toured the world for the last 35 years," he wrote, per the Independent. "But I want to appear on TV with Ricky Gervais who, in my opinion, is a genius." (Read more celebrity death stories.)

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