Mark Lanegan, the 57-year-old vocalist whose gruff baritone and darkly poetic poetry made Screaming Trees an integral component of the early Seattle grunge scene and landed him a solo career, died Tuesday.

FILE – On May 18, 2019, Mark Lanegan performs at the Sonic Temple Art and Music Festival in Columbus, Ohio. Mark Lanegan, whose band Screaming Trees was a key component of Seattle’s grunge culture in the early 1990s, has passed away. Lanegan died at his home in Ireland on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022, according to his Twitter account. (Image courtesy of Amy Harris/Invision/AP/File)
Mark Lanegan, the 57-year-old vocalist whose gruff baritone and darkly poetic poetry made Screaming Trees an integral component of the early Seattle grunge scene and landed him a solo career, died Tuesday.

“Our cherished buddy Mark Lanegan passed away this morning at his home in Killarney, Ireland,” Lanegan’s Twitter account announced, adding that he was “a beloved singer, songwriter, author, and musician.” For the New York Times, management firm SKH confirmed the death.

There was no explanation given. Lanegan said in a memoir published last year that he was hospitalised in a coma due to a severe case of COVID-19.

Lanegan never had mainstream success, but he amassed a devoted fan following that included reviewers and his fellow musicians, thanks to seven full-length albums with Screaming Trees, ten solo albums, and collaborations with Queens of the Stone Age and others.

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On Twitter, John Cale of the Velvet Underground wrote, “Mark Lanegan will always be imprinted in my heart – as he definitely affected so many with his genuine self, no matter the cost, true to the end.”

“Mark Lanegan, RIP, utmost respect for you,” Iggy Pop tweeted. Iggy Pop, I’m a big fan of yours.”

Lanegan founded the Screaming Trees in 1984 in Ellensburg, Washington, where he grew up. He began as a drummer, but due to his ineptness, he was forced to become a lead singer.

Screaming Trees were one of the contenders many expected would break big from the Seattle grunge era of the late 1980s and early 1990s, while never achieving the worldwide acclaim of Nirvana and Soundgarden.

Chris Cornell of Soundgarden co-produced their major label debut for Epic Records, “Uncle Anesthesia,” in 1990.

MTV and modern-rock radio would broadcast “Bed of Roses,” their first hit.

With 1992’s “Sweet Oblivion” and the single “Nearly Lost You,” Lanegan’s biggest hit and best recognised tune, thanks in part to its presence on the soundtrack of Cameron Crowe’s film “Singles,” the Trees reached their commercial peak.

The band would officially stay together until 2000, but during the 1990s, Lanegan focused more on his solo career, crafting music that was quieter, more bluesy, and more broody, earning him the moniker “Dark Mark.”

With his voice, he became a sought-after collaborator among Seattle musicians. He collaborated on projects with Layne Staley of Alice in Chains and Mike McCready of Pearl Jam. With Kurt Cobain, he recorded a series of Leadbelly covers. Cobain would use their arrangement of “Where Did You Sleep Last Night” in a video that would never be released.

On “MTV Unplugged,” she gave a great performance.

Starting with their breakthrough album “Rated R” in 2000, Lanegan will provide his vocals to five Queens of the Stone Age albums.

He recorded three albums with Isobel Campbell of Belle and Sebastian, and founded The Gutter Twins with Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs.

In 2020, he and his wife Shelley Brien relocated to Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland. Soon later, he became infected with COVID-19. In his memoir, “Devil in a Coma,” he would discuss this, as well as his long struggle with drugs and alcohol and his decade of recovery.

New Order and Joy Division bassist Peter Hook tweeted, “Mark Lanegan was a nice man,” with a shot of Lanegan joining him on stage. “He lived a wild life that only a few of us could imagine. He has left us with wonderful words and music! Thank God, he will live forever despite all of this.”

Andrew Dalton, an Associated Press entertainment writer, can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/andyjamesdalton.

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