How did Tom Verlaine die? Guitarist and founder of punk band television dies at 73

Tom Verlaine, the legendary guitarist, singer, and frontman of the New York City band Television, passed away at the age of 73. Let’s see How did Tom Verlaine die and Tom Verlaine cause of death in detail.


How did Tom Verlaine die?

Tom Verlaine, a pioneer of American punk and an important figure in the 1970s New York rock scene, passed away on Saturday in Manhattan after a brief illness. He was 73.

His death was reported by Jesse Paris Smith, Patti Smith’s daughter, who stated that he passed away “after a brief illness”.

The statement read,

“He died peacefully in New York City, surrounded by close friends.” 


Tom Verlaine cause of death

Tom Verlaine was regarded as having a friendly personality. Many people must be curious to know the Tom Verlaine cause of death in light of the recent news.

The precise Tom Verlaine cause of death hasn’t been revealed, yet. As soon as we find out more information, we’ll update this story.


Who was Tom Verlaine?

Tom Verlaine was an American singer, guitarist, and songwriter.

He started learning the piano at a young age but moved to the saxophone in middle school after listening to a Stan Getz record. Verlaine was initially unimpressed by the guitar’s function in both jazz and rock music, but he was motivated to pick up the guitar after hearing the Rolling Stones’ “19th Nervous Breakdown” in his adolescence. From that point on, he engaged in a lengthy period of experimentation to advance his distinctive style.

Verlaine later turned to jazz artist Miles Davis’ electric-period works for inspiration, especially the Japanese LPs Agharta (1975) and Dark Magus (1977), which he was able to import. Verlaine was drawn to writing and poetry at a young age as well. At the boarding school Sanford School, where both of them were students, he made friends with Richard Hell (Richard Meyers), a future bandmate and punk legend. They soon realised that their love of poetry and music was similar.

The Neon Boys

After one unsuccessful effort, Verlaine (together with Hell) was able to leave school and relocate to New York City. The French symbolist poet Paul Verlaine was then referenced in his stage name. He is cited as saying that choosing this name was a strategy to distance himself from his past and was influenced by Bob Dylan’s name change. He and Hell enlisted Billy Ficca as their drummer to become the Neon Boys.

After failing to find a second guitarist despite Dee Dee Ramone and Chris Stein’s auditions, The Neon Boys immediately broke up. A few months later, they regrouped as Television, recruited Richard Lloyd as their new guitarist, and started performing at important punk venues like CBGB and Max’s Kansas City. The band’s first single was released in 1975 when Fred Smith replaced Hell after Verlaine expelled him for his unstable playing and behavior.

When New York’s punk culture was just starting to take off, Verlaine dated poet and musician Patti Smith. Before dissolving in July 1978, Television recorded two albums, Marquee Moon and Adventure, to praise and respectable sales. A successful 1980s solo career for Verlaine was launched with the quick release of his self-titled solo album. As a result of the enthusiastic response his art had got in England and around Europe, he decided to settle down there for a brief time.

He worked with a variety of musicians in the 1990s, including Patti Smith, and wrote the music for the movie Love and a.45. Television regrouped at the beginning of the 1990s to make one studio album (Television) and one live recording (Live at the Academy, 1992); they have since reformed on occasion for tours. Songs and Other Things, Verlaine’s first brand-new album in many years, was released in 2006.


Tributes to Tom Verlaine

Many people expressed their profound sympathies to his family and expressed how much they loved him. The news of this occurrence has upset his supporters and fans.

RIP Tom Verlaine of Television, who could make a guitar sound like lightning striking itself, a virtuoso of restraint & the negative void, a spare & elegant lyricist like his symbolist namesake. His stage alias, band name, and style defined punk cool. Artistic elevation perfected.

-Otto Van Biz Markie.


A couple of minutes of Tom Verlaine on The Tube in 1987. He was some talent. With risk of sounding like a twat, I remember asking the Edge who his guitar heroes are and he said Tom Verlaine. It stuck in my head at the time. He said it without hesitation. RIP Tom Verlaine #legend.

Joe Donelly.


A true original. No one played guitar like Tom Verlaine before or since. Sat crossed legged on the floor on his side of the stage in Roskilde as he played in Patti Smith’s band and that was as close to perfection as you can get. A sad sad day. Rest in Peace Tom.”

Simon Raymonde.


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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