Bronski Beat star Steve Bronski has passed away aged 61, his former bandmate Jimmy Somerville has revealed. For more details surrounding Steve Bronski’s cause of death, stay up with us.
Somerville shared the heartbreaking news on the band’s Facebook page, writing: “Sad to hear Steve Bronski has died.
“He was a talented and a very melodic man. Working with him on songs and the one song that changed our lives and touched so many other lives was a fun and exciting time. Thanks for the melody, Steve. Jimmy x.”
Bronski formed the band in 1983 along with Jimmy Somerville and musician Larry Steinbachek, who passed away after a battle with cancer in 2017.
Bronski Beat was known for its political songs, which often contained LGBT issues, with all of the band members being openly gay.
Somerville, who left the band to form The Communards, paid touching tributes to his ex-bandmate today.
Jimmy said: “Sad to hear Steve Bronski has died. He was a talented and a very melodic man.
“Working with him on songs and the one song that changed our lives and touched so many other lives was a fun and exciting time. Thanks for the melody, Steve.”
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Steve Bronski’s cause of death has not been announced yet. His family also has not released any statement surrounding his death cause.
Steve Bronski was born in Glasgow on an estate in Castlemilk. He first tried his hand as a laborer before moving to London in 1983.
Steve lived in a flat in Brixton, South West London, with his bandmates. The band was formed in response to what they believed to be the era’s inoffensive and conservative take on pop music.
All members campaigned on gay rights issues. Their first song, Smalltown Boy, told the story of a gay teen leaving his prejudiced family behind for a life in London.
In 1985, the band also collaborated with Soft Cell star Marc Almond on a hit cover of Donna Summer’s I Feel Love.
Shortly after Somerville left the band, Bronski Beat released three more albums – including Rainbow Nation in 1995.
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Reactions to Steve Bronski’s Death
Shortly after the sad news of Steve Bronski’s death was revealed, several friends and fans shared their condolences on social media and paid poignant tributes to him.
“Steve Bronski. Bronski Beat. Creative, kind, generous, a proper mischievous rascal wouldn’t hurt a fly. Flirting with the angels. Pax vobiscum Steve. RIP Brother from another Mother,” one Twitter user wrote.
“Sad to hear of Steve Bronski’s death. I was 16 when Bronski Beat’s Smalltown Boy hit the charts. Its lyrics about leaving a small town to seek acceptance and other #LGBT people in the city resonated. It was an unambiguously gay song sung by an openly gay band. This mattered,” one fan wrote.
Paul at SuperDeluxeEdition Twiiter account wrote: “RIP Steve Bronski. In an era of fantastic music, it’s a great achievement to have helped create a song as good as ‘Smalltown Boy’ and then go on and have a big hit with it.”
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