Former SOFT MACHINE bassist HUGH HOPPER has lost his battle with leukaemia, aged 64.
The British rocker, a pioneer in the progressive rock genre, died on Sunday (07Jun09) in Kent, England. He was diagnosed with the illness in June 2008 and underwent chemotherapy treatment.
Hopper, who joined the band in 1967, composed several albums with his bandmates before embarking on a solo career. His first solo album, called 1984, was released that same year.
Hopper also toured and recorded with numerous fusion rock bands, including Gong, Isotope, the Carla Bley Band and PolySoft, but was forced to cancel all concert appearances in recent months as his condition worsened.
His survivors include his wife, Christine - who he married two days before he died - and two daughters.