It is with great sadness that we confirm our great and dear friend, Richard H. Kirk has passed away. Richard was a towering creative genius who led a singular and driven path throughout his life and musical career. We will miss him so much. We ask that his family are given space at this time.

It’s been a few hours since Richard H. Kirk‘s label Mute, confirmed the devastating news of the electro-industrial icon’s passing. The influential English musician was active since early 70’s, and he was mostly known as a member of the legendary, electro-industrial music outfit Cabaret Voltaire. Kirk also released music as a solo musician, as well as under numerous aliases and bands like Sweet Exorcist.

After CV’s dissolution, Kirk remained active as a solo artist, and it was not until 2014, when he reformed the band as a sole member.

Industrial scene is a lot poorer from today. An iconic & prolific “pillar” of the scene will immeasurably be missed…. Bon voyage Dr. Xavier!

Christos Doukakis