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British singer Terry Hall died on Monday at the age of 63. The news was published by the group The Specials, of which he was a vocalist, through his social networks.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing, after a brief illness, of Terry, our beautiful friend, brother, and one of the most brilliant singer, songwriters, and lyricists this country has ever produced,” the band announced on social media. “His music and his performances capture the very essence of life… joy, pain, humor, the fight for justice, but above all love,” added the group, which extolled his legacy of “extraordinary music and profound humanity”.
Who was Terry Hall?
Terry Hall was born in 1959 in Coventry (western England) and became known with the band ‘The Specials’ in the late 1970s.
In 1980, his iconic song “Ghost Town” topped the UK charts for several weeks. Hall revealed through other of her topics that she was a victim of pedophilia during a school trip to France.
“I was kidnapped, taken to France and sexually abused for four days,” he told The Spectator in 2019. “And then they punched me in the face and left me on the road.”
Hall said the incident left him with a lifelong depression and caused him to drop out of school at age 14, after becoming addicted to the Valium he had been prescribed.
“I didn’t go to school, I didn’t do anything. I just sat on my bed rocking for eight months,” she said.
Before being the vocalist of ‘The Specials’, he had other musical experiences outside the band, later the group was formed and performed in various formats.
Last year, the band he led released an album of new versions of protest songs. During his career, Hall collaborated with artists such as rapper Tricky, Gorillaz, and Lilly Allen.
What did Terry Hall die of?
So far, the cause of his death is unknown. It is only known that Hall had a brief illness thanks to the statement issued by ‘The Specials’ on their social networks.