LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Pete Shelley, the lead singer of the English punk rock band Buzzcocks, died Thursday in Estonia at age 63.

The band put out a statement on Twitter that said “Pete’s music has inspired generations of musicians over a career that spanned five decades and with his band and as a solo artist, he was held in the highest regard by the music industry and by his fans around the world.”

Singer-songwriter-guitarist Shelley – born Peter Campbell McNeish – co-founded the band in 1976 in Manchester, U.K., along with singer-songwriter Howard Devoto.

Shelley’s survivors include his brother Gary.

Musician Pete Shelley of Buzzcocks perform onstage during day 2 of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 14, 2012 in Indio, California. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images for Coachella)

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