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Adam Ant Guitarist Tom Edwards Dies


Tom Edwards, who served as the guitarist and musical director for Adam Ant died yesterday (Jan. 25) at the age of 41. An autopsy will be conducted, but it is believed he died of heart failure.

The news was announced on Ant’s Facebook page, saying that Edwards was found unresponsive and taken to Kennedy Hospital in Cherry Hill, N.J., where he was pronounced dead. “On behalf of Adam and his band, we thank all of you for your best wishes and support during this most difficult time, Tom shared his musical gifts with the world and his spirit will live on forever,” read a statement.

Although only 41, Edwards had lined up an impressive resume, including stints with Roddy Frame of Aztec Camera, Edwyn Collins, Andrea Corr, Fields of the Nephilim, Rebelles, Arno Castens and Spiderbites.

The band were only two dates into a tour that began on Monday in Washington, D.C. They have postponed tonight’s scheduled show at the Keswick Theater in Glenside, Pa., and tomorrow’s concert at New York’s Webster Hall. They expect to resume Sunday (Jan. 29) at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto. Ant is playing his 1980 album Kings of the Wild Frontier in its entirety. “It had an energy of its own and a feel of its own,” Ant said of the record. “I think it was done on my own terms. I certainly feel that I didn’t compromise in any way, shape or form – musically or visually. And the public grabbed hold of it. I think it was quite easy for kids to adapt the look.”

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