Legendary Punk Rocker Tom Verlaine Passes Away at 73

Tom Verlaine, an influential guitarist and songwriter, and founder of the iconic punk band Television, passed away on Thursday at the age of 73.

Verlaine, born Thomas Miller, was born in 1949 in Pennsylvania and formed Television in 1973 with Richard Hell. The band quickly gained recognition in the New York punk scene and released two albums, Marquee Moon and Adventure.

Verlaine was also a prolific solo artist, releasing nine albums between 1978 and 2007. He was also involved in a number of collaborations with other artists, including Patti Smith. The two had a close relationship, which was documented in a timeline by The US Sun.

Verlaine’s influence on the punk and rock music scenes was immense, and his death has been met with shock and sadness from fans and fellow musicians alike. The New York Times, Variety, Stereogum, and Pitchfork all reported on his death.

Verlaine is survived by his wife, Martha, and his three children.