The Stranglers Drummer Jet Black Passed Away At 84

Being the bearer of bad news is never easy, but it has been confirmed that the Stranglers drummer Jet Black has indeed passed away at age 84 at his country home in Wales. The drummer had been dealing with serious health issues over the past few years. So his passing, although sad and sudden for many of his fans, was also news some were preparing for.

The founding member of the Stranglers was a force to be reckoned with and the genius behind several of the band’s hits. His unique playing style has landed them 23 top 40 singles and 19 top 40 albums in the official UK charts.

Besides his musical journey, he had other business pursuits that made him quite successful. Not only did he own several ice cream vans that were later used to tour the UK, but he was also an unlicensed owner whose upstairs apartment doubled as the Stranglers’ Headquarters in the band’s early days.

The drummer who had been committed to the Stranglers from its beginning had to call it quits in 2015 after suffering respiratory health issues, which had troubled him since his childhood days. After his retirement, the drummer, unfortunately, couldn’t get better.

On December 8, the Stranglers announced through their official social media accounts that their drummer had passed. “It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our dear friend, colleague, and band elder statesman Jet Black,” their statement read. “Jet died peacefully at home surrounded by his family. Fond adieu, fly straight, Jet Black.”

After years of health issues and suffering, many, including his former bandmates, were relieved that Black was no longer in pain but, in the same breath, shared their admiration and love for the musician who had touched so many people’s lives. All that is left as fans to say is; Rest in peace, Jet. You will be missed.