British bassist, composer and painter, best known for his work with the group Van der Graaf Generator in the 1970s has died of complications brought about by pneumonia. Yesterday, Peter Hammill wrote of his longtime friend and collaborator with these simple words on his Sofa Sound website:
I'm so sorry to have to announce that the great Nic Mozart passed away in hospital last night. Deeply, deeply missed.
As a solo musician he recorded 9 albums, all of whom were remastered and re-released in 2009. He was also part of the short-lived ex-VdGG project The Long Hello.
He was admitted to University College Hospital in January 2013 suffering from pneumonia. He will be sorely missed, but his musical legacy will live on.