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Rock and Pop Star Deaths in 2020

Bent Fabric (nee Fabricius-Bjerre) - July 28; Danish pianist wrote "Alley Cat," which was the Grammys' Best Rock & Rock Recording in 1962 (watch below); suffered from cancer; was 95.

Len Fagan - May 3; Los Angeles-based rock drummer played with Love, 1910 Fruitgum Company and Stepson before opening Coconut Teaszer, a club on Sunset Blvd.; contracted the coronavirus; was 72.

Steve Farmer - Apr. 7; guitarist and songwriter with the Amboy Dukes; wrote the lyrics to their hit single, "Journey to the Center of the Mind" (No, 16, 1968); cause undisclosed; was 71.

Majek Fashek - June 1; Nigerian singer/guitarist was known as the African nation's Bob Marley; suffered from esophageal cancer; was 57.

Riley Gale - Aug. 24; founder and frontman of Dallas thrash metal band Power Trip who released albums in 2013 and 2017; cause undisclosed; was 34. Watch them perform "Executioner's Tax (Swing the Axe)" below.

Genesis P-Orridge (nee Neil Megson) - Mar. 14; British industrial rocker fronted Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV; suffered from leukemia; was 70.

• Andy Gill - Feb. 1; co-founder and guitarist in British post-punk band Gang of Four; suffered from a respiratory ailment and pneumonia; was 64.

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Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

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