Icelandic singer Bjork has paid tribute to a Wakefield-based electronic music pioneer who died from complications following an operation.
Former Rodillian High School student Mark Bell, who died this month at the age of 43, was a member of electronic music group LFO.
LFO reached number 12 in the UK singles chart in 1990 with rave anthem ‘LFO’ and released three albums.
Mr Bell, of Lofthouse, also produced seven Bjork albums including ‘Homogenic’ and also worked on Depeche Mode’s ‘Exciter’ LP.
His record label, Warp Records, said in a statement: “It’s with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of Mark Bell of LFO who died last week from complications after an operation.”
Warp Records added in the statement: “Mark’s family and friends request privacy at this difficult time.”
Bjork wrote on her Facebook page: “I love you Mark and I feel so blessed to have made so much music with you.
“May your hypersensitive nature blossom fine and wherever you’re at hope you’ve got good speakers.”
Sister Bliss, of dance act Faithless, wrote on Twitter: “Very sad & shocked to hear a total legend and one of my heroes has passed away. RIP Mark Bell #LFO.”
The New Yorker’s Sasha Frere-Jones tweeted: “One of the first on Warp? Produced most of the Bjork albums you love? Mark Bell. Major loss. There was so much more to hear.”
Electronic music duo Disclosure tweeted: “R.I.P. Mark Bell, and thank you for the inspirational music.”
Veteran DJ Peter Tong tweeted: “Sad news of the passing of an electronic music pioneer Mark Bell of LFO R.I.P.”
Mr Bell also recorded under the aliases Clark, Clark & Lofthouse, Counterpoint, Fawn, and Speed Jack.
The first Bjork album Mark Bell produced was ‘Homogenic’ in 1997 and the last was ‘Biophilia’ in 2011.