British bassist and record producer Mark Smith, who has performed and recorded with The Waterboys, Roxy Music, Robbie Williams, George Michael, and many others was found dead at his home in the Battersea district of London on November 2, 2009. A band mate found his body, after Smith did not show up to a gig.
Smith regularly played with the ’70s British soul band Kokomo before his career turned to more session career work. The impressive list of artists he has worked with also includes Percy Sledge, Joe Cocker, Van Morrison, Gonzales, Enrique Iglesias, and Lionel Ritchie.
Robin Millar, a producer who worked with Smith, told Music Week that “Mark was one of the great people and players. He was one of those guys who never pushed himself forward, but was a great all round musician- a real musicians’ musician.” The cause of his death is still unknown. He was 49 years old.