Tony Sly, singer and principal songwriter for noted San Jose, California hardcore punk outfit No Use for a Name has passed away at age 41. His cause of death has not yet been released.
In a statement released this morning, the band's longtime label Fat Wreck Chords broke the news:
It is with great sorrow that we must say goodbye to Tony Sly of No Use For A Name. We received a call earlier today of his passing, and are devastated. We have lost an incredible talent, friend, and father - one of the true greats.
NoFX frontman and Fat Wreck founder Fat Mike, who signed the band back in 1993, said of Sly, "One of my dearest friends and favorite song writers has gone way too soon. Tony, you will be greatly missed."
No Use for a Name formed in San Jose in 1987. Sly eventually joined the band in 1989 at the age of 18 and would become its longest standing member. In total, the band released nine albums from 1990's Incognito to 2008's The Feel Good Album of the Year with Sly on the microphone and lead guitar.
Most recently, Sly was out on an acoustic tour with Lagwagon's Joey Cape. His solo acoustic album, Sad Bear was released in October of 2011.
Here is the band's breakthrough MTV hit, 1993's "Soulmate" off of ¡Leche Con Carne!:
And "San Mateo Fogline" from Sad Bear