Mental As Anything founding member and songwriter Andrew "Greedy" Smith has died after suffering a heart attack in his car. He was aged 63.
Band manager Grant Bartlett on Tuesday confirmed to AAP that Smith had suffered a heart attack while driving in Sydney. An ambulance arrived promptly to provide treatment but he later died.
Mr Bartlett, who has managed the Australian pop-rock band for 16 years, said Smith's fatal heart problem came as a surprise.
"One of the healthiest guys I've seen," Mr Bartlett said.
The band performed in southern NSW's Tathra on Saturday night and was scheduled to perform in east Melbourne on Thursday.
Mental as Anything was formed in Sydney in August 1977 by Smith, along with Reg Mombassa, Martin Plaza, Wayne "Bird" Delisle and Peter O'Doherty.
We are extremely sad to hear about the passing of Andrew "Greedy" Smith. As a member of Mental As Anything @mentalsofficial, he was inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame in 2009. He was a huge character, with a big smile and boundless energy. That energy will be sorely missed. pic.twitter.com/T3rjEaXeAV— ARIA (@ARIA_Official) December 3, 2019
Smith was also a vocalist, alongside Plaza, and keyboard player.
The band gained international recognition for several songs, most notably ‘Live It Up’ in the 80s.
It reached No.2 in Australia and No.3 in the UK. The song featured in the cult film Crocodile Dundee.
He is survived by his fiancée Fiona Docker and son Harvey.
Tributes began to flood in on social media as news of his death broke.
“Such a nice man. Huge loss to the business,” stand-up comedian Marty Fields tweeted.
“This is so sad. He was terrific,” ABC breakfast host Michael Rowland said.
Triple M radio personality Chris Beckhouse labelled Smith “a legend”.
“Such a massive loss to the Sydney music scene, Greedy Smith. A legend and last original member of The Mentals,” he tweeted.
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