LAKE PLACID, Fla. (AP) — Brian Howe, the former lead singer of the British rock band Bad Company, died Wednesday after suffering a heart attack at his Florida home. He was 66.

Howe’s friend and manager, Paul Easton, confirmed the rocker’s passing in a statement.

 

 

NASHVILLE, TN – FEBRUARY 21: Brian Howe of Bad Company presents the award for Comedy Tour of the Year at the 26th Annual Pollstar Awards at Ryman Auditorium on February 21, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Pollstar)

 

 

“It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the untimely passing of a loving father, friend and musical icon, Brian Howe,” Easton said.

Howe was found suffering from cardiac arrest at his Lake Placid, Florida, home, according to the statement. Rescue workers were able to have a short conversation with him, but Howe slipped away and didn’t regain consciousness.

The Portsmouth, England, native began his U.S. career with Ted Nugent’s “Penetrator” album, which was released in 1984. Howe joined Bad Company in 1986 after the group’s original singer, Paul Rodgers, left.

 

 

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – MAY 29: Founding members Simon Kirke (drums) and Paul Rodgers (Lead Singer) of Bad Company perform during Joe Walsh & Bad Company One Hell Of A Night Tour – at Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre on May 29, 2016 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

The band’s second Howe-era album, 1988’s “Dangerous Age,” went gold with more than 500,000 sales. The 1990 album, “Holy Water,” attained Top 40 and platinum status by selling more than one million copies.

Howe left Bad Company in 1994 to pursue a solo career. He continued to tour with his band until earlier this year, when the coronavirus pandemic forced virtually all live performances to stop.

“I feel we are all put in this world for a reason,” Howe’s son Michael said in a statement. “The passion for music was my father’s, and I am so happy that his legacy will live on.”

 

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