Private Horace Panter on Terry Hall’s Last Days and Cause of Death

Horace Panter of The Specials shared a statement on Facebook outlining the weeks leading up to bandmate Terry Hall’s death on December 18.

The Specials confirmed Hall’s passing yesterday (December 19), noting that he had died of a “brief illness” at the age of 63, and recalling that their first frontman was “a lovely friend, brother, and one of the most talented country singers, songwriters, and songwriters this country has ever produced.” “.

In Panter’s statement, posted to Facebook earlier today (Dec. 20), the guitarist said he, Hall, and private bassist Linval Goulding were planning to record a reggae album in Los Angeles in early November, with flights booked, studio time arranged, and lodging.

“Terry had the framework for an 8-tone. Confidence was high. We were ready to meet Nikolaj.” [Larsen, Specials keyboardist] And make magic. This was in September. Terry emails everyone and says he’s in bed with a stomach bug and can’t perform the first week of pre-production sessions. No big deal, we can redo everything a week. We won’t be traveling until November 4th.”

Private Terry Hall. Credit: Mike Lewis Photography/Redferns

Panter goes on to say that the following week, Hall still hadn’t recovered, and was in the hospital. On October 2, Panter received a phone call from the band’s manager, Steve Blackwell, informing him that Hall had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer that had spread to his liver.

“This is serious. Like a life threatening one. He’s got diabetes because his pancreas has had an attack. This has to be addressed first, then the chemotherapy regimen. There’s nothing anyone can do. It’s all on hold. No one is telling about this,” assures Terry. If anyone asks, it cures diabetes,” Panter wrote.

Chemo is starting positively but it looks like it will be March 2023 at the earliest before we are in a position to operate. He is in and out of the hospital to find a solution to his diabetes problem and also to manage the pain. Then he calms down.”

By early December, Hall had “lost weight” and was “very weak”. Ian Brody of The Lightning Seeds, Panter writes, visited Hall in hospital, and told Blackwell he was worried that Hall was “slipping away”. On December 15, Blackwell traveled to London to visit the hall.

“He called me on the flight back and said things didn’t look promising. Terry was dying,” Panter said. “The next day he was put on morphine and was fairly unconscious most of the time. I thought it would be best for me to go visit but Lindy, his wife, advises against it.

“She held her phone to Terry’s ear so his sisters and Linval could say goodbye. She suggests I do the same. So I did. It was hard. Terry passed away around 5:30 p.m. the next day, Sunday December 18th. The world has lost a unique voice and I’ve lost a good friend.” . See Panter’s full post below:

Specials. Terry. That’s what happened. We’ve planned it all. Make the album we were going to do in 2020 -…

By Horace Panter on Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Born in Coventry in 1959, Hall joined the Specials as their vocalist shortly after the band’s formation in 1977. After leaving the band in 1981 and rejoining them in 2008, he remains active with the band until this year, with his final show taking place as part of From the Fine Days Festival in Devon in August. The band’s latest release with Hall was the compilation ‘Protest Songs 1924-2012’, which arrived in September 2021.

After news of his death broke, tributes poured in on Hall. Among those honoring the legendary front man was former Special Band mate Neville Staple. “Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Terry Hall on Sunday,” Stapel wrote on Twitter. “We knew Terry was ill but didn’t realize how serious it was until recently. We had just confirmed some joint music agreements for 2023 together. It just hit me.”

Hall was also praised by Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn, who shared a video of himself playing piano solo for the 1980 special “Friday Night, Saturday Morning.” “Terry, you mean the world to me,” he wrote. “I love you.”

Others who have paid tribute to Hall since his death include Sleaford Mods, Billy Bragg, The Libertines, New Order, Roweta, Lol Tolhurst of The Cure and many more.


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