Electronic music was dealt another blow today with the passing of British producer and LFO founder Mark Bell. The tragic news of his death has been confirmed by his label Warp Records in a statement posted on its website:
"It's with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of Mark Bell of LFO who died last week from complications after an operation. Mark's family & friends request privacy at this difficult time."
As a member of LFO, Bell was one of the label's early artists—their 1990 debut single "LFO" (listen below) was featured on the label's 2009 Warp20 compilation. Most recently, LFO was one of the acts scheduled to play the Warp25 event in Poland to celebrate the label's 25th anniversary.
Most notably as a producer, Bell has also worked with such artists as Björk on the Icelandic artist's 1997 album Homogenic, and Depeche Mode on the band's 2001 record Exciter.
Photo of Mark Bell, courtesy of Warp Records.