British musician Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson, of the bands Throbbing Gristle and Coil, has died in his sleep at the age of 55 at his Bangkok home.
The influential artist’s death was confirmed in a tweet from his bandmates:
“Our dearest beautiful Sleazy left this mortal coil as he slept in peace last night. words cannot express our grief.”
Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor also twittered to memorialize Christopherson:
“I awake to sad news. RIP Peter Christopherson – friend and huge inspiration.”
Last summer, he addressed rumors that tour cancellation dates were due to an unspecified illness:
Don’t worry, I’m fine, I think :-) but remember we are all only temporary curators of our present bodies, which will all decay, sooner or later. In a hundred years or so ALL the humans currently alive will have died. I take great comfort in knowing, with certainty, that thing that makes us special, able to enrich our own lives and those of others, will not cease when our bodies do, but will be just starting and new (and hopefully even better) adventure… If we don’t get to meet in this Life, maybe in the next you can buy me a beer!,-)
Christopherson’s cause of death is not yet known.