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Primal Scream singer Denise Johnson ‘dies suddenly after a short illness’ at age 56

Primal Scream singer Denise Johnson ‘dies suddenly after a short illness’ at age 56

  • The sad news was confirmed by a friend on Twitter on Monday 
  • Her cause of death has not yet been disclosed but a statement from her family said that she had ‘died suddenly’ after an illness
  • Tributes to Denise have since been pouring in from many in the music industry
  • It comes just days after she announced that her debut acoustic album would be released in September

Vocalist Denise Johnson, who shot to fame on Primal Scream’s 1991 album Screamadelica, has died suddenly aged 56.

The sad news was confirmed by a friend on Twitter on Monday but her cause of death has not yet been disclosed.

A statement issued on behalf of Denise’s family said: ‘The singer Denise Johnson has died suddenly at home in Manchester.

Heartache: Manchester vocalist Denise Johnson has died aged 56 with a statement from her family stating she had ‘died suddenly’ after an illness

‘Denise had been ill in the week prior to her death but told friends she was “much better” on Friday. The cause of death is not yet known, although she was discovered, holding her inhaler, on Monday morning.’ 

Tributes have since been pouring in from many in the music industry including her fellow Primal Scream band member Simone Marie Butler who tweeted: ‘Very sad news love and prayers to Denise’s family and loved ones. Rest in Power Denise Johnson x.’ 

Joy Division’s Stephen Morris who wrote: ‘Shocked and devastated to hear of the passing of Denise Johnson. An absolutely beautiful lady. Rest In Peace Denise x.’ 

And Indie band The Doves added: ‘We are all devastated to hear the news that our old friend and all round beautiful person Denise Johnson has passed away. What a loss for the many people who loved her.’

Back in the day: Denise shot to fame on Primal Scream's 1991 album Screamadelica (pictured with the band)

Back in the day: Denise shot to fame on Primal Scream’s 1991 album Screamadelica (pictured with the band)

Talented: Denise, who was born and raised in Hulme, Manchester, began her career with American soul band Maze during a tour across English in the late 1980s (pictured in 2011)

Talented: Denise, who was born and raised in Hulme, Manchester, began her career with American soul band Maze during a tour across English in the late 1980s (pictured in 2011)

Remembered: Tributes have since been pouring in from many in the music industry including her fellow Primal Scream band member Simone Marie Butler

Remembered: Tributes have since been pouring in from many in the music industry including her fellow Primal Scream band member Simone Marie Butler

It comes just days after Denise announced on social media that her debut acoustic album, titled Where Does It Go, would be released on September 25.  

Denise, who was born and raised in Hulme, Manchester, began her career with American soul band Maze during a tour across English in the late 1980s.

She went on to perform with Primal Scream from 1990-1995 during which time she featured on two of the band’s most famous songs – Loaded and Don’t Fight It, Feel It. 

The talented performer also loaned her vocals to tracks with a string of other artists such as The Pet Shop Boys and Bernard Sumner. 

More to follow.  

 

Rise to fame: Denise performed with Primal Scream from 1990-1995 (pictured on stage alongside Bobby Gillespie) during which time she featured on two of the band's most famous songs - Loaded and Don't Fight It, Feel It

Rise to fame: Denise performed with Primal Scream from 1990-1995 (pictured on stage alongside Bobby Gillespie) during which time she featured on two of the band’s most famous songs – Loaded and Don’t Fight It, Feel It

Sadness: Tributes have since been pouring in from many in the music industry including Joy Division's Stephen Morris as well as indie band The Doves

Sadness: Tributes have since been pouring in from many in the music industry including Joy Division’s Stephen Morris as well as indie band The Doves

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