Burke Shelley, lead singer, and bassist of Budgie has died at age 71. He faced a series of heart problems in recent decades, having even withdrawn from the stage.
The news of Shelley’s death was given by his daughter, Ela, through her Facebook profile. “It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my father, John Burke Shelley. He passed away this evening in his sleep at Heath Hospital in Cardiff, his hometown. He was 71 years old. Please respect the family during this time.
In 2020, the musician announced that he had been diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm. He refused surgery due to the high risk of the procedure and the possible limiting consequences it would bring.
Born in Cardiff, Wales, Burke Shelley founded Budgie in 1967. Initially, the group used the name Hills Contemporary Grass, then Six Ton Budgie, and, since 1970, the moniker that established them.
In the 1970s, several associations were made between Shelley and Geddy Lee (Rush), both because of their position in their bands and because of their vocal timbre and visual similarities.
Influenced by several heavy metal bands, even having compositions re-recorded by Metallica and Iron Maiden, Burke Shelley publicly stated that he was not comfortable with the association due to his Christian convictions and the theme addressed by artists of the genre. Even so, he always made a point of thanking him for the recognition.
His biggest hit was the song “Breadfan”, precisely the one re-recorded by Metallica. In Brazil, it served as an incidental track for Rede Globo’s sports programs, such as Esporte Espetacular and Globo Esporte.
No cause of death has been given at this time.
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