Mrk Hollis, co-founder and frontman of the band Talk Talk has passed away at the age of 64. The band is known for their hit songs “It’s My Life,” “Today, Talk Talk” and “Life’s What You Make It.” Hollis’ manager confirmed the sad news at Pitchfork.
His cousin-in-law Anthony Costello tweeted on Monday: “RIP Mark Hollis. Cousin-in-law. Wonderful husband and father. Fascinating and principled man. Retired from the music business 20 years ago but an indefinable musical icon.”
Talk Talk’s bassist Mark Webb, aka Rustin Man, paid tribute to Hollis on Instagram. “I am very shocked and saddened to hear the news of the passing of Mark Hollis,” he wrote. “Musically he was a genius and it was a honour and a privilege to have been in a band with him. I have not seen Mark for many years, but like many musicians of our generation I have been profoundly influenced by his trailblazing musical ideas.”
— THE THE (@thethe) February 25, 2019
This is the song I've forever said I want to play at my funeral.
Baby, life's what you make it
Celebrate it, anticipate it
Yesterday's faded, nothing can change it
Life's what you make it.
– Talk Talk, Life's What You Make It
R.I.P. Mark Hollis pic.twitter.com/QUNU9tQV8F
— Eric Alper (@ThatEricAlper) February 25, 2019
— Doves (@dovesmusicblog) February 25, 2019
Admittedly I was very late to Talk Talk and Mark Hollis but incredibly sad to hear of his reported passing. If you haven't explored Talk Talk's catalog and Hollis' solo album I suggest you do that right now.
— Tiny Engines (@tinyengines) February 25, 2019
— superchunk (@superchunk) February 25, 2019
It’s with great sadness to know our friend Mark Hollis of Talk Talk has reportedly passed away at age 64, we are trying to get more details.
our prayers to his family, RIP Mark, you will be truly missed. #TalkTalk https://t.co/J1O0iemJBm pic.twitter.com/rJm5nbD7PB
— Lost 80's Live (@Lost80sLive) February 25, 2019