Steve Mackey, longtime Pulp bassist, dies at 56

Steve Mackey performs onstage with Pulp at the Leeds Festival at Bramhall Park on August 28, 2011 in Leeds, England
(Image credit: Shirlaine Forrest/Getty Images)

Steve Mackey, the longtime bassist for legendary British rock band Pulp, has died at the age of 56, the band confirmed today (March 2).

Mackey's wife, stylist Katie Grand, first announced the news on her Instagram page. No cause of death was given, though Grand said in the announcement that Mackey had spent the last three months in the hospital.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.