Mark Bell of LFO has passed away following "complications after an operation".
His death has been confirmed by his label, Warp, who released a statement saying: "It's with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of Mark Bell of LFO who died last week from complications after an operation. Mark's family and friends request privacy at this difficult time."
LFO was originally comprised of Mark Bell and collaborator Gez Varley (who quit in 1996). The duo helped put Sheffield on the dance music map and were early signings to Warp Records. The act and label went on to pioneer bleep 'n' bass, putting a unique twist on techno that emanated from the depths of Yorkshire.
LFO hit number 12 in the UK singles chart in 1990 with rave anthem 'LFO' and created three albums between 1989 and 2003. Bell is also famous for his production work on Björk's 'Homogenic' and Depeche Mode's 'Exciter'.
He was still playing live as LFO and was very much a part of Warp's 25th anniversary celebrations. Beloved of fans and DJs, his name was written in dance music history long before his death.
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Goodbye Mark Bell, you made a difference.— TheBlackDog (@TheBlackDog) October 13, 2014
Massively sad news about Mark Bell if what I'm hearing is true. Never met him but what an unbelievably influential & talented man. RIP.— TwEats Everything™ (@eats_everything) October 13, 2014
RIP Mark Bell- an absolute don— Jack Savidge (@jackbsavidge) October 13, 2014