Maxi Jazz of electronic music group Faithless dies aged 65

Singer Maxwell Fraser, whose real name is, has died at the age of 65, his band members have announced.

Maxi Jazz, lead singer of British electronic music group Faithless, has died aged 65 announced the group this weekend. The artist, real name Maxwell Fraser, died at his home in south London, according to the band, known for “Insomnia” and “God is a DJ”.

The causes of death were not specified.

“We are heartbroken to report that Maxi Jazz passed away peacefully in his sleep last night,” the band tweeted on Saturday, paying tribute to one of the founding members of Faithless in 1995.

“A man who changed our lives in so many ways”

“He was a man who changed our lives in so many ways. He gave real meaning and message to our music,” the band continued, hailing a “lovely human being, who had time for everyone. and wisdom that is both deep and accessible”.

Faithless rose to prominence in the mid-1990s, and enjoyed public and critical acclaim for their album “Insomnia”, to the point of emerging as pioneers of dance music at the time. The group, which counts among its other members Rollo and Sister Bliss, has released six other studio albums as well as several compilations. Their most recent record, “All Blessed”, was released in 2020.

Sister Bliss paid tribute to the artistsharing a black and white photo of him on Twitter, sending “love to all of you who have shared our musical journey.” The reggae group UB40 meanwhile hailed a “lovely guy”, recalling being on tour with Maxi Jazz & The E-Type Boys, another group of the artist, in 2017.

Hailing from Brixton, south London, he was a die-hard Crystal Palace supporter, going so far as to become the football club’s associate manager in 2012. The club hailed on Twitter a “legendary musician” and that the team would take to the field on a Faithless track on Monday to pay their respects.