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

Andrew “Greedy” Smith second from the right with Mental As Anything

Camera Icon Andrew “Greedy” Smith second from the right with Mental As Anything. Credit Getty Images

Aside from being in the band and his other musical projects, Smith also had a regular feature on shows like "Countdown" and "Hey Hey It's Saturday".

"I think the whole time I've looked after the band the most they've ever had off was maybe a fortnight over Christmas".

"Greedy, the only remaining member of the group and was now on a national tour".

The news has been confirmed by Mental As Anything manager Grant Bartlett.

Songs including The Nips Are Getting Bigger, If You Leave Me, Can I Come Too? and Berserk Warriors were favourites among pop fans and inner-city lovers of the alternative New Wave music emerging from Sydney's pub circuit.

"One of the healthiest guys I've seen", Mr Bartlett said.

Smith's publicist, Dianna O'Neill, said she was shocked by the musician's death, having known him for more than 30 years. It was a pleasure to know him. "Funny, jolly, he was honest, caring. just a really incredibly decent person who didn't have a bad word to say about anyone".

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.

"At this time our grief and confusion are less than what Andrews circle of relatives must be feeling - our hearts and prayers go out to him".

Intellectual as whatever become inducted into the Australian recording industry affiliation hall of reputation in 2009.

Smith was the final original member of the touring group.

He is survived by way of his fiancee Fiona docker and son Harvey. He also released two solo albums "Love Harmonica" in 1996 and "Greedy's People" in 1997.

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