Andrew 'Greedy' Smith, Mental As Anything frontman, dies aged 63

The Guardian Entertainment 5 days ago

Mental As Anything founding member and songwriter Andrew “Greedy” Smith has died after suffering a heart attack in his car. He was 63.

Band manager Grant Bartlett on Tuesday confirmed Smith had suffered a heart attack while driving in Sydney on Monday evening. An ambulance arrived promptly to provide treatment but he could not be revived.

Bartlett, who has managed the Australian pop-rock band for 16 years, said there had been no indication Smith was unwell.

“One of the healthiest guys I’ve seen,” Bartlett said.

The band performed in the NSW south coast town of Tathra on Saturday night and was scheduled to perform in Melbourne on Thursday. They were on a national tour which was set to culminate on the NSW central coast on New Year’s Eve.

Smith’s publicist, Dianna O’Neill, said she was shocked by the musician’s death, having known him for more than 30 years.

Smith had served as godfather to one of her children.

“He’s one of our dearest and closest friends,” O’Neill said. “I spoke to him two days ago ... I’ve never known him to be sick.

“What you see is what you get. Funny, jolly, he was sincere, caring ... just a really incredibly decent person who didn’t have a bad word to say about anyone.”

Mental As Anything was formed in Sydney in August 1977 by Smith, with Reg Mombassa, Martin Plaza, Wayne “Bird” de Lisle and Peter O’Doherty. The band was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2009.

Smith was a vocalist, alongside Plaza, and keyboard player.

Smith was the final original member of the touring group. He also produced a solo album, Love Harmonica, in 1996.

Smith is survived by his fiancee, Fiona Docker, and son Harvey.


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