Damned Bassist Merrick Dies

Bryn Merrick, who played bass for punk legends The Damned for several years in the ’80s, died of cancer Sept. 12 at a hospital in Cardiff, Wales.

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Merrick, 56, had been playing in a Ramones tribute band called Shamones as Bee Bee Shamone for the past five years, according to Loudwire.com.

The Damned’s Captain Sensible told Classic Rock Magazine, “Hearing the news that he’d died just before we hit the stage at Chicago Riot Fest was still a real shocker. Our set was thus dedicated to the great man, just before we played his fave song, ‘Ignite.’ Bryn liked the fast stuff – it was the way he lived his life.”