Phil May, frontman of ’60s rock band The Pretty Things, has died aged 75.
May suffered complications from emergency hip surgery and died this morning (May 15) at hospital in Kings Lynn, a representative for the band confirmed.
May is reported to have fallen off his bicycle earlier this week.
The Pretty Things, who formed in 1963, were peers of The Rolling Stones, and featured former Stones bassist Dick Taylor in their line-up on guitar.
— graham coxon (@grahamcoxon) May 15, 2020
The Kinks‘ Dave Davies also paid tribute to May, calling him “a very talented guy” who “will be sorely missed.”
Very sad news, he was a very talented guy and he will be sorely missed. I’m shocked Phil May, frontman with the Pretty Things, dies aged 75 | Pop and rock | The Guardian https://t.co/OdZahwkfOE
— Dave Davies (@davedavieskinks) May 15, 2020
In 2014, May was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema, and while the band never officially broke up, May did take a break from touring following the diagnosis.
May is survived by his son Paris, daughter Sorrel and his partner Colin Graham.