Mental As Anything founding member and songwriter Andrew “Greedy” Smith has died, aged 63, after suffering a heart attack in his car.
Band manager Grant Bartlett confirmed Smith had died unexpectedly.
“He was a lovely bloke — one of the best you could find,” Mr Bartlett, the band’s manager for 16 years, told the ABC.
“He will be extremely missed.”
Mr Bartlett said Smith, who wrote some of the band’s best known songs, including Live It Up, was inducted in the Australian Songwriters Association Hall of Fame only three weeks ago.
The band paid tribute to Smith in a Facebook post.
“It is with an incredibly heavy heart to announce that one of the founding members of Mental As Anything, Andrew Greedy Smith, passed away last night from a heart attack,” the statement said.
“Our grief and confusion at this time are little compared to what Andrew’s family will be feeling — our hearts and prayers go out to them.”
Smith helped found Mental As Anything in 1976 while he and his fellow band members — Martin Murphy, Chris O’Doherty (aka Reg Mombassa), Steve Coburn and David Twohill — were studying at an art college in Sydney. Coburn was later replaced by Peter O’Doherty, Mombassa’s younger brother.
Each of the members took stage names, with Smith’s being a reference to his appetite.
Smith sang and played keyboard and became one of the band’s key songwriters.
In addition to Live It Up, which was a hit around the world after appearing in the film Crocodile Dundee, he wrote Too Many Times, another of the band’s biggest songs.
Smith is survived by his son Harvey, fiancée Fiona Docker and brother Stuart.
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