15 May 2020 16:40
The singer's representatives confirmed the tragic news in a statement (Picture: Redferns via Getty Images) The Pretty Things singer Phil May has died after a bike fall at the age of 75, it has been confirmed. The star suffered a bike fall and had undergone emergency surgery this week in which complications had 'set in', his representatives confirmed in a statement. 'It is with very deep sadness that the management of the Pretty Things has to announce the death of the band's lead singer, Phil May,' they said. 'Phil May passed away at 7.05am on Friday 15 May at the Queen Elizabeth hospital, Kings Lynn, Norfolk. 'He had been locked down in Norfolk with his family and, during the week Phil had suffered a fall from his bike and had undergone emergency hip surgery, after which complications set in.' The statement continued: 'Phil had been in poor health for some time when the Pretty Things played their last live concert, The Final Bow, on 13 December 2018 at the Indigo, O2 where they were joined onstage by old friends David Gilmour and Van Morrison.' Phil was the lead singer of The Pretty Things (Picture: Frank Hoensch/Redferns via Getty Images) The Pretty Things rose to fame in 1963 (Picture: Kevin Nixon/Classic Rock Magazine/REX) Tributes have also poured in online from fans who have sent their well-wishes to the singer's family.
Just heard Phil May of The Pretty Things has passed away. Another character we met on our travels way back in 2011 when we shared a bill at the Rhythm Festival. Underrated in the pages of Rock history The Pretty Things I reckon….. pic.twitter.com/TaEHpfFdSL — Neil Sheasby (@NeilSheasby) May 15, 2020 One fan tweeted: 'An incredible band with an untouchable legacy, who, over fifty years in, are still so welcoming and warm to those joining their musical family. Rest easy Phil, and thank you.' R I P Phil May of the Pretty Things, a smashing bloke & a musician who ever got the recognition he deserved. He even forgave Lynn when she told him âI was watching Top of the Pops when they announced The Pretty Things, that sounds sounds interesting I thought & then you came onâ! pic.twitter.com/rqTWejpI6j — Andrew Rodgers (@LippiLippi) May 15, 2020 Another said: 'Sad to be reading that long-time Pretty Things singer Phil May has passed.' RIP Phil May. Pretty Things. Many memories x — Tony Gourvish (@toeknee231) May 15, 2020 Loved the Pretty Things, RIP Phil May ð — Jo Woolley (@MrJoeWoolley) May 15, 2020 One added: 'RIP Phil May. Pretty Things. Another one gone. Many memories x'