The British rock band Pulp was formed in the late ’70s. It has been noted that their longtime bassist, Steve Mackey has passed away at 56. They sold more than 10 million records before taking a decade-long hiatus in 2001. They re-emerged in 2011 to do festivals for a couple of years and released a song called “After You” in 2013. Now, a decade later, Pulp is set to tour again but without Mackey.
Steve Mackey passes away
An official cause of death has not been given, but Steve’s wife, Katie Grand, said that her husband had been in the hospital for three months.
In Katie’s March 2 message, which was posted to Steve’s Instagram account, she wrote:
“After three months in hospital, fighting with all his strength and determination, we are shocked and devastated to have said goodbye [to] my brilliant, beautiful husband, Steve Mackey.”
“Steve died today, a loss which has left myself, his son Marley, parents Kath and Paul, sister Michelle, and many friends all heartbroken.”
“Steve was the most talented man I knew, an exceptional musician, producer, photographer, and filmmaker,” she went on. “As in life, he was adored by everyone whose paths he crossed in the multiple creative disciplines he conquered.”
“I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all the NHS staff who worked tirelessly for Steve,” she wrote. “He will be missed beyond words.”
A note was added below Katie’s message, saying that “the family has asked for privacy at this time.”
Pulp shared a tribute on social media on March 2 as well, posting a photo of Steve hiking in the Andes while on a break from touring in 2012.
“Steve made things happen,” the band wrote.
“In this life and in the band. And we’d very much like to think that he’s back in those mountains now, on the next stage of his adventure. Safe travels, Steve. We hope to catch up with you one day.”
Our beloved friend & bass player Steve Mackey passed away this morning. Our thoughts are with his family & loved ones. Safe travels, Steve.
We hope to catch up with you one day. All our love xx pic.twitter.com/pickNV56Nl
— Pulp (@welovepulp) March 2, 2023