Here are a few articles and quotes about the sad death of Dave Greenfield, the keyboard player with The Stranglers who died on May 3rd 2020.

He had been in hospital for a prolonged period with heart problems.

According to various media sources he tested positive for either coronavirus or Covid-19 which aren't the same thing. Coronavirus could just be the common cold.

No cause of death was actually stated.

Dave Greenfield - In Memoriam

Jean-Jacques Burnel, bassist with The Stranglers

“On the evening of Sunday May 3rd, my great friend and longstanding colleague of 45 years, the musical genius that was Dave Greenfield, passed away as one of the victims of the Great Pandemic of 2020.”

Stranglers’ Dave Greenfield Dead at 71 After Coronavirus Battle

Rolling Stone Magazine

“Dave Greenfield ... died Sunday due to coronavirus-related complications.”

Coronavirus: The Stranglers keyboard player Dave Greenfield dies aged 71

Sky News

“Dave Greenfield, the keyboard player with The Stranglers, has died after testing positive for coronavirus.”

Dave Greenfield was the co-writer of Golden Brown, one of my favourite songs as a teenager. It’s terrible news for his family and friends, the band and their fans.

But once again, the headlines mislead the public. Greenfield was in his seventies and had already been in hospital for a prolonged period with heart problems.

It’s funny how these journalists - every one of them - fail to drill down into the “underlying” health issues. I went through 13 pages of Google results for this story and not one looked into his heart problems in any way. What was wrong with his heart? What was his prognosis?

“Underlying” health issues also makes it sound trivial as if it’s almost not worth mentioning. “Oh, and he also had underlying health issues which probably didn’t help.”

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