Influential Go-Betweens singer Grant McLennan has died from a heart attack at the age of 48.
The Aussie singer-songwriter who was a major influence on bands such as REM, U2, Coldplay and Franz Ferdinand died just before a party he was holding in honour of girlfriend Emma in Brisbane.
A few weeks ago Grant and the band played at a birthday party for Hollywood star Cate Blanchett’s husband Andrew Upton as they were the couple’s favourite rock group.Bernard MacMahon of his label Lo-Max Records, told is: "How he died was almost poetically tragic. The setting and scene was almost what he’d write about in a song. He fell in love with Emma about six months ago and was going to declare his undying love to her at the party. He went to have a rest before it and was found on a bed looking very peaceful."
His death is a huge loss to Australian music and tributes will be paid to him at the Australian Parliament on Tuesday. His funeral takes place at Brisbane’s Queensland Cathedral on Friday. Bernard added: "It’s a tragic loss. Grant and Robert Forster who he formed the band with in 1977 were regarded as the Lennon and McCartney of Australia."
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