His bandmates, Thomas McNeice, John Sterry and Tobias Humble, announced the death on Saturday in a statement released online: “Our great friend and our supreme leader is dead today.”
Gill had been diagnosed with the respiratory illness after ending a tour of the band in Asia in November.
“This pain is the price paid for extraordinary joy, about three decades with the best man in the world,” his wife, Catherine Mayer, wrote on Twitter.
His style marked the sound of the band that influenced groups such as Nirvana, Fugazi, and Franz Ferdinand.
Founded in 1976 in Leeds, Gang Of Four began four years later, with the Top 60 debut of the track “At Home He’s A Tourist” on the album “Entertainment!” The album was included by Rolling Stone magazine in the list of the 500 best albums of all time. The group broke up in 1984, but returned on stage several times, in different formulas. In 2019, he released his tenth album, “Happy Now,” and recently Gill had completed a new studio album with Gang Of Four.
Gill was also a respected producer. He has worked with bands such as The Stranglers, Killing Joke, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.