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Pete Farndon

Musician Pete Farndon
Robert Mapplethorpe

Profession: Musician


Why Famous: Pete Farndon was one of the founding members of American British rock band The Pretenders, along with Chrissie Hyde, James Honeyman-Scott and Martin Chambers.

The band formed in 1978 and released their first single in 1979. They had their first UK No. 1 in 1980 with "Brass in Pocket" from their acclaimed self-titled debut album.

Farndon was fired from the band over his drug use in 1982 and died in 1983, drowning in his bath after taking heroin.

Born: June 12, 1952
Birthplace: Hereford, England

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: April 14, 1983 (aged 30)
Cause of Death: Drug overdose

Historical Events

  • 1980-01-11 Debut of first The Pretenders album "Pretenders"

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