Andrew Smith, the frontman and founding member of iconic Aussie rock band Mental As Anything, has tragically died at the age of 63.
According to 7News, the singer reportedly suffered a heart attack whilst at the wheel of his car in Sydney, with band manager Grant Bartlett confirming his death to AAP on Tuesday. An ambulance was called to the scene however Smith sadly passed away a short time later.
Bartlett, who has managed the new wave band for 16 years, told the news outlet that Smith’s fatal heart problem came as a surprise.
Many people paid tribute to Smith on social media following the news, including former bandmate Reg Mombassa who said: “We are shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden and unexpected passing of Andrew (Greedy) Smith.”
We are shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden and unexpected passing of Andrew (Greedy) Smith
— Reg Mombassa (@regmombassa) December 3, 2019
Fans also paid their respects, with one person writing: “Beyond sad to hear of the passing of Greedy Smith… Such a kind, lovely man and an enormous talent. Soundtrack to many a great party over so many years! It was a pleasure to know him. Condolences to friends and family xx Vale”
Another said: “Very sad news that Greedy Smith has died. The Mentals were part of the soundtrack of youth. Fun, uplifting and without pretention. Thank you and #RIP.”
While another commented: “Really sad news about the passing of “Greedy” Smith. Anyone of my vintage grew up with the Mentals as an obligatory background to their adolescence. They were one of the “funnest” bands this country ever produced.”
So sad to hear of the sudden passing of the great Greedy Smith from Mental As Anything yesterday. A true Australian rock legend and all round good guy. Condolences to his family. Thanks for the awesome songs Greedy. Here’s one of my favourite’s 💖😢 https://t.co/1pxNGU3HgC
— Jane Kennedy (@Jane_L_Kennedy) December 2, 2019
Smith formed Mental As Anything in Sydney in 1976 alongside Reg Mombassa, Martin Plaza, Wayne ‘Bird’ de Lisle and Peter O’Doherty. ‘Greedy’, as he came to be known, wrote a number of the band’s hit songs including 1985’s smash hit ‘Live It Up’, which also enjoyed success around the world after it was included in the soundtrack for Crocodile Dundee.
The band were part way through a tour of the country and most recently performed in Tathra, NSW, on Saturday. They were due to play a show this Friday at Bendigo Stadium in Bendigo, Victoria.