A co-founder of 1970s punk rock pioneers, Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers’ guitarist Walter Lure has died aged 71. he died on Saturday (August 22) due to complications related to cancer.
Los Angeles club Starwood confirmed the news via Facebook while sharing the post and said, “Walter Lure (April 22, 1949 – August 22, 2020) our dear friend has passed away. Walter was diagnosed with liver and lung cancer in July 2020, which spread rapidly and he died from complications related to cancer at the age of 71, peacefully in the hospital, surrounded by family.
“He was much loved by all and respected for all he contributed to the world of music.” He added, “He will be dearly missed. To his family, friends, and fans our deepest condolences. May he RIP.”
The Heartbreakers Guitarist Walter Lure Has Died
Walter Lure left the Heartbreakers shortly after L.A.M.F.‘s release and have become a Wall Street stockbroker; but, he continued to play music all through his life and reunited with the band on a number of events previous to Thunders’ death in 1991 and drummer Jerry Nolan’s death in 1992. Bassist Billy Rath passed away in 2014.
Lure additionally founded his personal band, the Waldos, and launched his first album in 24 years, Wacka Lacka Boom Bop A Loom Bam Boo, in 2018. Earlier this year, Lure revealed his memoir To Hell And Back: My Life In Johnny Thunders’ Heartbreakers, In The Words Of The Last Man, Standing.
Members of the punk scene reacted to Lure’s death, and Tim Burgess is honoring “the last of the Heartbreakers” with a special L.A.M.F. listening party on August 25.