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Pulp Bassist Steve Mackey’s Cause of Death is Behind Shadows


While many fans are searching for Steve Mackey’s cause of death, sources announced that the musician and record producer passed away on March 2, 2023.

The Sheffield band announced the heartbreaking news of Mackey’s death on their official Twitter account. “Our beloved friend & bass player Steve Mackey passed away this morning. Our thoughts are with his family & loved ones,” the statement read.

The post was accompanied by a picture of Steve walking through a mountainscape with his back to the camera.

Steve Mackey's Cause of Death is Behind Shadows

They wrote: “This photo of Steve dates from when Pulp were on tour in South America in 2012. We had a day off & Steve suggested we go climbing in the Andes. So we did.”

“It was a completely magical experience. Far more magical than staring at the hotel room wall all day (which is probably what we’d have done otherwise).”

“Steve made things happen. In his life & in the band. & We’d very much like to think that he’s back in those mountains now, on the next stage of his adventure. Safe travels, Steve. We hope to catch up with you one day. All our love,” they added.

It was announced in October that Steve would not be joining this year’s Pulp reunion tour. In a post shared to social media, the musician explained: “I’ve decided to continue the work I’m engaged in – music, filmmaking, and photography projects, and will not be joining them for these UK shows just announced.”

He added: “Wishing Candy, Nick, Mark, and Jarvis the very best with forthcoming performances in the UK and also an enormous thanks to Pulp’s amazing fanbase, many of whom have sent me lovely messages today.”

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Steve Mackey’s Cause of Death Remains Hidden

Pulp bassist Steve Mackey’s cause of death is not yet known and his death was confirmed by the legendary Brit Pop band shared the sad news on social media today.

Stephen Patrick Mackey was born on November 19, 1966, in Sheffield, England. He joined Pulp in 1989 and played on Separations, released on Fire Records.

Mackey continued to write, record and tour with the group as they found success in the 1990s. Subsequent albums recorded included Intro – His ‘n’ Hers, The Gift Recordings, Different Class, This Is Hardcore and We Love Life.

Steve Mackey's Cause of Death Remains Hidden.

After an 8-year hiatus, he returned to activity with Pulp in 2010 and their world tours in 2011 and 2012 and the release of their song “After You”, working with producer James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem.

Forming a songwriting/production partnership with Ross Orton, Steve met Maya Arulpragasam and co-wrote and produced “Sunshowers” and “Galang” which led to MIA securing a deal with Interscope Records and releasing “Arular”.

Mackey and Orton continued to produce and remix for artists including Cornershop, Kelis, The Kills, and The Horrors. He produced and co-wrote songs for Florence and the Machine’s debut album “Lungs”, including “Girl With One Eye,” “Kiss With a Fist”, and ” Swimming” and The Long Blondes’ debut album Someone to Drive you Home.

He recorded and toured with Jarvis Cocker, in 2006 for his debut solo album for Rough Trade Records, and in 2008 recording the album Further Complications at Electrical Studios, Chicago with Steve Albini.

In 2009, Steve tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend, stylist, and fashion journalist, Katie Grand. The star lived in North London with his wife, and son, Marley (born in 1996).

In an emotional tribute, Katie said she is “shocked and devastated” by Mackey’s death, while the band paid homage to “their beloved friend.”

Stylist Katie wrote on social media: “After three months in hospital, fighting with all his strength and determination, we are shocked and devastated to have said goodbye to my brilliant, beautiful husband, Steve Mackey.”

Rough Trade tweeted: “We are incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Steve Mackey, legendary bassist of Pulp and established producer in his own right. A camaraderie that translated into their brilliant music. Our thoughts are with the band, his family and friends. RIP Steve.”

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