Former Bad Company singer Brian Howe has died at 66 (July 22, 1953 – May 6, 2020) at his Florida home of cardiac arrest, a family member confirmed to TMZ. Howe had a history of heart problems and had previously suffered a heart attack in 2017.
A former band member from the band also reported on Facebook “I heard today that Brian Howe Passed away this morning and not from the COVID virus.” The same band member also posted a Facebook status that read “RIP B.H.” at 5:06 on Wednesday, May 6.
Howe was said to have been injured in an accident in April and Howe himself confirmed via a Facebook comment on April 30 that he sustained several “broken ribs” from the accident but it appears that doesn’t have affiliation with his death.
Howe previously fronted the rock band Bad Company replacing Paul Rodgers from 1986 till 1994, prior to that Howe was recruited to sing for Ted Nugent in 1983 to handle lead vocals for his album, Penetrator, and then front the subsequent world tour. Notably, Howe is said to be the songwriter for several of Bad Company’s albums including Holy Water, which spawned the singles “If You Needed Somebody,” the title track “Holy Water” and “Walk Through Fire.” Howe also co-wrote the song “I’ll Get Even” from Megadeth’s Cryptic Writings (1997).
Upon leaving Bad Company in 1994, stating that the decision was “not difficult,” according to the Independent not, Howe moved on with a solo career, releasing solo album, Circus Bar, in 2010.
At the time of publication, there is no official statement from Howe’s team or official cause of death.
Story is developing and we will update as more information becomes available.