Psychological As Something founding member and songwriter Andrew “Grasping” Smith has died after struggling a coronary heart assault in his automobile. He was 63.
Band supervisor Grant Bartlett on Tuesday confirmed Smith had suffered a coronary heart assault whereas driving in Sydney on Monday night. An ambulance arrived promptly to offer therapy however he couldn’t be revived.
Bartlett, who has managed the Australian pop-rock band for 16 years, stated there had been no indication Smith was unwell.
“One of many healthiest guys I’ve seen,” Bartlett stated.
The band carried out within the NSW south coast city of Tathra on Saturday evening and was scheduled to carry out in Melbourne on Thursday. They had been on a nationwide tour which was set to culminate on the NSW central coast on New 12 months’s Eve.
Smith’s publicist, Dianna O’Neill, stated she was shocked by the musician’s loss of life, having recognized him for greater than 30 years.
Smith had served as godfather to certainly one of her kids.
“He’s certainly one of our dearest and closest associates,” O’Neill stated. “I spoke to him two days in the past … I’ve by no means recognized him to be sick.
“What you see is what you get. Humorous, jolly, he was honest, caring … only a actually extremely first rate one that didn’t have a foul phrase to say about anybody.”
The band confirmed Smith’s loss of life on its Facebook page “with an extremely heavy coronary heart”.
“Our grief and confusion presently are little in comparison with what Andrew’s household shall be feeling – our hearts and prayers exit to them.”
Psychological As Something was shaped in Sydney in August 1977 by Smith, with Reg Mombassa, Martin Plaza, Wayne “Chook” de Lisle and Peter O’Doherty. The band was inducted into the Aria Corridor of Fame in 2009.
Smith was a vocalist, alongside Plaza, and keyboard participant.
Following their debut single The Nips Are Getting Larger, the band had Australian high 10 hits in 1981 with If You Depart Me, Can I Come Too? and Too Many Occasions, and in 1985 with Reside It Up, which additionally featured within the 1986 movie Crocodile Dundee.
Smith was the ultimate authentic member of the touring group. He additionally produced a solo album, Love Harmonica, in 1996.
Smith is survived by his fiancee, Fiona Docker, and son Harvey.