Ruts guitarist Paul Fox has died after a fight against cancer.
As with many of the leading lights of the UK punk scene, Paul had originally been a pub rocker. His band - Hit and Run - transformed into The Ruts in 1977 (although they had toyed with the name Malcolm and The Skulking Loafers). Slots with Rock Against Racism and support from John Peel helped the band into the top ten and onto Top of the Pops with Babylon's Burning, but the band ran into the sand after the heroin OD death of singer Malcolm Owen in 1980. The band continued for a while as The Ruts DC.
In Fox's own words, he then disappeared a little off the scene:
He re-emerged in 2002, playing with Savage Circle, before relaunching the Ruts under the name Foxy's Ruts. This latest iteration of the band was a family affair, with Lawrence, Paul's son, playing on drums.
The original Ruts - with Henry Rollins taking on Owen's role - reformed earlier this year for a benefit gig following Fox's cancer diagnosis. The lung cancer, though, proved to be inoperable and Fox died at home on Monday morning.
[Thanks to Ian for the tip]