How did Terry Hall die? Front man of the Specials cause of death Explained

The Specials’ socially conscious ska band’s frontman, Terry Hall, has passed away. Let’s see How did Terry Hall die and Terry Hall cause of death in detail.

How did Terry Hall die?

The Specials have confirmed that Terry Hall, the band’s main singer and a former member of Fun Boy Three and the Colourfield, passed away at the age of 63.

It read,

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing, following a brief illness, of Terry, our beautiful friend, brother and one of the most brilliant singers, songwriters and lyricists this country has ever produced.”

The band requested privacy for Hall’s family.

Hall’s bandmate in the Specials and Fun Boy Three, Neville Staple, expressed his “great sadness” over the news.

Terry Hall Cause of death

Terry Hall cause of death was not disclosed yet. There are no information available about Terry Hall cause of death.

We will update about the Terry Hall cause of death once we get the information from the right source.

Who was Terry Hall?

Hall was born on March 19, 1959, in Coventry to parents who primarily worked in the auto sector.

He was a well-known footballer and a gifted student who was allowed to try out for West Bromwich Albion, but his parents turned it down due to the difficulty of having to go across the Midlands.

Even though he did exceptionally well on the 11-plus exam, his parents turned down a place for him in a nearby grammar school.

The Specials

Soon after the Coventry band’s formation in 1977, Hall replaced vocalist Tim Strickland and joined the original lineup of the Specials, then known as the Automatics.

 The Specials. (Photograph: John Rodgers/Redferns)

They first played as the Coventry Automatics before changing their name to Special AKA, or the Specials.

Joe Strummer, who asked them to open for the Clash live, and BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel helped the groundbreaking 2 Tone band rise to fame.


In 1979, they released Gangsters, a cover of Prince Buster’s Al Capone, which peaked at No. 6 on the UK singles chart.

Over the following two years, they would rule the Top 10, reaching their zenith in 1981 with their second No. 1 hit and signature song, Ghost Town.

Jerry Dammers, the band’s primary lyricist, addressed issues including urban deterioration, unemployment, and disenfranchised youngsters in his lyrics.

Early in the summer of 1981, as riots between young Black people and police broke out throughout the UK in protest of racial discrimination and the use of stop-and-search procedures, it reached its height of popularity.

It spent 10 weeks in the Top 40 and spent three weeks at No. 1; it is regarded as one of the best pop songs of all time.

In 2020, Guardian critic Alexis Petridis said,

“It sits in the past, brooding and glowering at us, its remarkable, dark power undimmed.” 

After leaving the Band

Hall left The Specials in 1981, but the group reassembled in 2008 with him and other former members, including guitarist Roddy Radiation and drummer John Bradbury. Their eagerly anticipated reunion album, “Encore,” will be released in 2019.

He collaborated with bands like the Fun Boy Three, The Colourfield, Vegas, and Terry, Blair & Anouchka in the years before his reunion with The Specials.

With Other artists

Hall also worked with artists like Tricky, Lily Allen, the Dub Pistols, Gorillaz, Damon Albarn, D12, and Lightning Seeds. He also recorded two solo albums, “Home” in 1994 and “Laugh” in 1997.

He continued to perform with The Specials throughout this year, and on August 20, they played their final gig together at Devon’s Escot Park.

The band’s most recent album with Hall was the ‘Protest Songs 1924-2012’ compilation, which was released in September.

Hall’s Interview

In a cover story for NME in 2019, Hall made fun of the fact that his goal in joining a band was “to annoy people.”

He said that the wave of immigration from the West Indies, Uganda, and Northern Ireland during his early school years had influenced his socialist ideas in part:

“You could feel the resentment breeding [in the community] from day one really, and you’ll find that that’s what happens – like when people come over and take these fictitious ‘jobs’.”

The 2010 NME Award for Outstanding Contribution To Music was one of The Specials’ many honors. Hall joked as he took the trophy:

“This is the most urban award we’ve ever received, I can’t believe how gross it it! Thank you very much.”

Charity Works

Hall was also a well-known supporter of Tonic, a UK-based mental health charity that runs two unique programmes: the Recovery Through Music initiative and the Tonic Rider, which both provide “safe and supportive environments for people to come together, make music, be creative, and make social connections”.

On the charity’s website, Hall was quoted as saying:

“These are terribly testing times for those of us with mental health issues. My mental health deteriorated towards the end of 2020. The thing that got me through was communication. If you’re suffering, then it is incredibly important to tell people… family, friends, doctors, Tonic! Tell them to check on you… always. Share your health issues… they aren’t problems. Most of all… stay safe… stay secure… We’ll get there!”

Tributes to Terry Hall

Hall’s coworkers have shown out in large numbers to pay their condolences in the hours since his passing.






One of the worst things anyone can go through in life is losing a loved one. Any journey must have a destination at the end. The person’s time on earth has regrettably come to an end now that they have died.

We wish him eternal peace and send our thoughts and prayers to his loved ones, family, friends. May he rest in peace.


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