The singer’s health was known to be deterioratingCredit:Ebet Roberts/Redferns The prolific singer’s final performance was at the Queen Margaret Union in Glasgow, where he sang from his wheelchair with his right arm in a sling.Many in the industry have paid tribute to the singer-songwriter, with Lauren Laverne tweeting: “Oh man. Mark E Smith. One of my biggest heroes. Had a nightmare interviewing him (of course) but then he put me in a song. So sharp, clever and untouchably cool. Thanks for the music, MES.” Explaining that it didn’t matter who else he was playing alongside, he once said: “If it’s me and yer granny on bongos, it’s The Fall.” Lead singer of The Fall, Mark E Smith has died aged 60. The musician died at home on Wednesday morning, according to Pam Van Damned – Smith’s partner and manager of the band.In a statement Wednesday evening she said: “It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Mark E Smith. He passed this morning at home.”A more detailed statement will follow in the next few days. In the meantime, Pam & Mark’s family request privacy at this sad time.”Last year the band were forced to cancel a string of shows due to the founding member’s poor health. So so sad to hear that we’ve lost Mark E Smith. A true uncompromising musical maverick. A genius, a curmudgeon and someone whose company it was an honour to share. So long M.E.S x x x pic.twitter.com/aZFGNXZuRW— Tim Burgess (@Tim_Burgess) January 24, 2018 Oh man. Mark E Smith. One of my biggest heroes. Had a nightmare interviewing him (of course) but then he put me in a song. So sharp, clever and untouchably cool. Thanks for the music, MES.— Lauren Laverne (@laurenlaverne) January 24, 2018 Described by many, including Tim Burgess of The Charlaten’s as ‘a genius’, the temperamental frontman led The Fall for four decades, citing dozens of writers and poets as influential to his lyrics. In that time, the singer hired and fired more than 60 musicians from the band, and released 30 albums that defined the post-punk genre.