John Lawton, the former lead singer of the British rock band Uriah Heep, has died at the age of 74. The news was published on July 6 on the group’s official Web site.
“It is with deep regret that we share the devastating and tragic news of John Lawton’s sudden and completely unexpected passing on June 29, 2021,” the musicians specified.
According to them, Lawton did not suffer from any illnesses, making the cause of his death unclear.
“He passed away peacefully in the presence of his wife. John will be sorely missed,” the band members pointed out.
The announcement also notes that in accordance with the musician’s wishes, the funeral will be private and chamber-like. At the funeral will be allowed only family members and close friends.
Lawton joined Uriah Heep in 1976 and recorded three studio albums with the group, as well as the live record Live in Europe ’79. The musician left the band in 1979.
In September 2020, former Uriah Heep drummer Lee Kerslake passed away, and in November one of the band’s founding members Ken Hensley passed away.