CHRIS SIEVY, the man behind cult British novelty artist FRANK SIDEBOTTOM, has died, aged 54.
Sievy became a music and comedy festival favourite in the U.K. as the papier-mache-headed Sidebottom, who performed tunes about his beloved Timperley on a ukelele and keyboard.
He fronted his own TV programmes, Frank Sidebottom's Fantastic Shed Show and Frank Sidebottom's Proper Telly Show, and he was a regular on shows hosted by friends Anthony Wilson and Mark Radcliffe.
Earlier this year (10), he toured the U.K. with poet John Cooper Clarke.
In May (10), he announced he'd been diagnosed with cancer and had been performing to raise money for his treatment.
He last appeared on 11 June (10) in Manchester, England, where he launched his comical World Cup single, Three Shirts On My Line - a parody of England anthem Three Lions.
Before Sidebottom, Sievy was also a member of The Freshies, who scored a minor hit in the early 1980s with I'm In Love With The Girl On The Manchester Virgin Megastore Checkout Desk.