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2009 | 2002

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Joe Strummer Dies at 50

24 December 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Former Clash singer and guitarist Joe Strummer died Sunday at the age of 50. Further details have yet to emerge. The punk legend was recently reported to have recorded a song with U2 frontman Bono for former South African president Nelson Mandela. Strummer, the son of a diplomat, formed The Clash with Mick Jones, Topper Headon and Paul Simonon, in late '70s London after witnessing an early performance by punk legends the Sex Pistols. Anti-racist and fiercely intelligent, they went on to record classics such as "London Calling," "White Riot" and "White Man In Hammersmith Palais." The band finally split in 1985, and never reformed despite attempts first by Strummer and later by Jones to get them back together. Joe, who was born in Turkey as plain John Graham Mellor, drifted into soundtrack work and recorded only occasionally until forming a new band Joe Strummer And The Mescaleros a few years ago. In a recent interview he said of the prospects of a Clash reformation: "I'd say, 'let it be', to quote the Beatles, What was, was. At least if you saw the Clash live at the Manchester Apollo in 77, that's something that's always yours. Because people live their lives for it, and with it, and to it, and by it, and it's a serious thing. I'm really conscious to keep that from being besmirched or cheapened." A posting on Strummer's website reads: "Joe Strummer died yesterday. Our condolences to Luce and the kids, family and friends." »

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