Tony Lewis, bassist and singer for the 1980s British rock band The Outfield, died Tuesday near London. He was 62.
A spokesperson said in a statement that the death happened “suddenly and unexpectedly,” according to Hollywood Reporter. The spokesperson did not specify any cause of death.
Tony Lewis leaves a legacy
“Tony’s music touched people around the globe for decades,” the statement went on. “Tony Lewis’s legacy will live on forever through his beautiful family and his legendary music. The family requests their privacy during this difficult time.”
The musician’s representatives also tweeted about his passing, saying, “He was a beautiful soul who touched so many lives with his love, his spirit, and his music. He loved his fans dearly and enjoyed every opportunity he had when meeting all of you.”
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The Outfield was composed of Lewis, guitarist John Spinks and drummer Alan Jackman. Spinks died in July 2014 of liver cancer.
The band shot to fame in 1985 with their debut album “Play Deep.” It hit No. 9 on the Billboard 200 list, achieving triple platinum status in the U.S., according to last.fm.
The album featured their hit single, “Your Love,” for which the band is still known to this day. It has played on TV shows, in movies and in commercials.
Since its release, “Your Love” has played on more than 1,000 radio stations, TMZ reported. It receives 1 million views on YouTube, 1 million streams on Spotify, and 2 million streams on Pandora.
After releasing multiple albums together, the group parted ways, with Jackman going off on his own and Lewis and Spinks releasing two albums as a duo. By the mid-1990s, they had disbanded. But in 1998 they reunited for a tour, and in 2011 they released another album, “Replay.”
Lewis is survived by Carol Lewis, his wife of 35 years, their daughters Gemma and Rosie, as well as three grandchildren.