Singer-songwriter Mark Lanegan died this morning at his home in Ireland. Lanegan, lead singer of the Screaming Trees during the grunge era and a longtime solo recording artist and collaborator, was 57.
No additional information is available at this time, according to a statement published on his official social media accounts.
Our beloved friend Mark Lanegan passed away this morning at his home in Killarney, Ireland. A beloved singer, songwriter, author and musician he was 57 and is survived by his wife Shelley. No other information is available at this time. We ask Please respect the family privacy
— mark lanegan (@marklanegan) February 22, 2022
Lanegan formed the Screaming Trees in 1984, and the band went on to be a key part of the Seattle grunge scene that also included Nirvana, Alice in Chains, and Mudhoney. By the time the Screaming Trees split up in 2000, Lanegan had already started recording under his own name, beginning with 1990’s The Winding Sheet. Throughout his career he released 11 solo albums, with his deep, rich voice taking center stage.
He also collaborated with many artists across the rock and roll spectrum, including recording as a duo with Belle and Sebastian’s Isobel Campbell, with Afghan Whigs’ Greg Dulli under the name Gutter Twins, and recording and performing frequently with Queens of the Stone Age.
Lanegan and Queens bandleader Josh Homme even cowrote the theme song for the late Anthony Bourdain’s show Parts Unknown.
In late 2021, Lanegan released a memoir, Devil in a Coma. His UK publisher, White Rabbit Books, released a statement today.
Mark Lanegan was a supremely gifted performer, songwriter, artist and author, and we are devastated to hear he has passed away. He will be deeply missed. His art will endure and only grow in stature. This is a colossal loss and our thoughts are with his family at this time. https://t.co/maXVCzcjBb pic.twitter.com/GpsRAubRoY
— White Rabbit Books (@WhiteRabbitBks) February 22, 2022
Tributes from friends and fellow musicians have been pouring in on social media.
I can't process this. Mark Lanegan will always be etched in my heart – as he surely touched so many with his genuine self, no matter the cost, true to the end. xx jc pic.twitter.com/VDL176nbJu
— John Cale (@therealjohncale) February 22, 2022
Mark Lanegan rest easy mate. A real singer. ❤️
— Sleaford Mods (@sleafordmods) February 22, 2022
Terribly saddened to hear the news of the passing of Mark Lanegan. A very gifted artist blessed with honey dipped tones, gone far too soon.
— Garbage (@garbage) February 22, 2022
I love you. Rest In Peace Mark Lanegan, my brother. No words. Heartbroken. pic.twitter.com/nQblLQNjnA
— COLD CAVE (@ColdCave23) February 22, 2022
Incredibly shattered hearing the news that one of the truly great singers and songwriters, Mark Lanegan, has just passed. What a voice. Speechless. pic.twitter.com/sdL1xZ3o0r
— Light In The Attic (@lightintheattic) February 22, 2022
Mark Lanegan was a lovely man. He led a wild life that some of us could only dream of. He leaves us with fantastic words and music! Thank god that through all of that he will live forever. RIP Mark. Sleep well. Love Hooky. X pic.twitter.com/Xnx76y68YC
— Peter Hook (@peterhook) February 22, 2022
MESSAGE FROM IGGY:
Mark Lanegan, RIP, deepest respect for you. Your fan,
— Iggy Pop (@IggyPop) February 22, 2022
— Kid Congo Powers (@kidcongopowers) February 22, 2022
— mark pickerel (@mtpickerel) February 22, 2022
Mark Lanegan… 20 years ago, he was one of the first people to say lovely encouraging things to us. We weren’t good. He disagreed. Still over the moon about it. RIP 🙁 _b pic.twitter.com/PJj3ia5teL
— Silversun Pickups (@SSPU) February 23, 2022
Hearing about Mark Lanegan passing away has properly stopped me in my tracks. I’m absolutely gutted. Met him on a couple of occasions and I was nervous because I loved him so much. He was a perfect gentleman, really kind. One of THE great singers of the last 30 years. So sad ????
— Badly Drawn Boy (@badly_drawn_boy) February 22, 2022
Mark Lanegan . Coney Island .
One of my favorite voices .
So very sad to hear of his passing .
— Danny Clinch (@Danny_Clinch) February 23, 2022
More information to come as the story develops.