STEREOLAB'S MARY HANSEN HAS PASSED AWAY

It is with great sadness that we must announce the death of yet another powerful musician. 36 year-old Mary Hansen died in a cycling accident on December 9th 2002. According to a British press report, a truck apparently backed into Hansen as she was riding in London.

Hansen, a native of Australia, had been a core member of Stereolab since she joined the experimental pop band in 1992.

A statement has been issued to NME.COM, that reads:
"It is with great regret and deep sadness that we announce the death of Mary Hansen.

"Mary, vocalist and guitar player with Stereolab since 1992, died in a cycling accident in London on December 9, 2002. The suddenness of her death has shocked the band. Mary was a special person. Our thoughts are with her family and friends who will miss her greatly.

Along with Tim Gane and Laetitia Sadier, Stereolab are regarded as one of the most experimental and influential bands of the last ten years.

Their mid-90s albums Mars Audiac Quintet and the eclectic Emperor Tomato Ketchup saw them move towards the mainstream in terms of commercial success in the UK."

[Published on: 12/13/02]

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