British singer Maxi Jazz has died. He was 65.
Faithless, the band of which Jazz was lead vocalist, confirmed the news overnight in a statement issued to their social media accounts.
“We are heartbroken to say Maxi Jazz died peacefully in his sleep last night,” the statement began.
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“He was a man who changed our lives in so many ways. He gave proper meaning and a message to our music. He was also a lovely human being with time for everyone and a wisdom that was both profound and accessible,” the statement continued.
“It was an honour and, of course, a true pleasure to work with him. He was a brilliant lyricist, DJ, Buddhist, a magnificent stage presence, car lover, endless talker, beautiful person, moral compass and genius.
“Rest in peace dearest Max. 1957 – 2022 💔 and thank you Faithless family for all the love you showed us over the years. Please look after each other, y’hear ?? as Max would always say.”
No cause of death has been given at this time.
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Tributes quickly poured in for the dance music legend, born Maxwell Fraser, who rose to global fame when Faithless formed in 1996, and became known for his hits including Insomnia, We Come 1 and God is a DJ.
Faithless band member Sister Bliss led tributes, taking to Twitter with the message: “We are heartbroken to share that Maxi died peacefully in his sleep last night. Sending love to all of you who shared our musical journey. Look after each other y’hear.”
Jazz also performed as a solo artist through the years, and toured and collaborated with many artists across the globe – one of which was UB40.
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“A lovely guy, again who has gone too soon, but finally Maxi you can get some sleep,” UB40 wrote on social media.
Fans also passed on their condolences and paid tribute to Jazz on social media.
”Sad news this. He was a massive part of some timeless tracks,” one wrote.
“Really sorry to hear this news Blissy, he was a lovely man – and really thoughtful & philosophical in rhymes and in deeds,” another said.
Another wrote: “Oh my gosh! I’ve seen Faithless several times and I cannot believe this. My thoughts and prays with Maxi’s family and the whole of the faithless team xxx”
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