Damned Bassist Bryn Merrick 1958-2015 R.I.P.


Was a member of the original goth-punks from 1983 to 1989.

By Fred Mills

Very sad news for devotees of ground zero British punks The Damned: Bryn Merrick, who played bass for the band from 1983-89 and appeared on the albums Phantasmagoria and Anything, has passed away today (Sept. 12) at the age of 57. The cause of death was listed as cancer.

From Wales, Merrick had been in the Cardiff-based Victimize prior to joining The Damned, replacing bassist Paul Gray. Later he was a member of Ramones tribute band The Shamones (as “BeeBee Shamone”). According to Wales Online the latter group’s vocalist Andy Johnson posted the news of his death at Facebook, writing, “On behalf of his daughter, Ella, and sons, Richard and Christian, it is with so much sadness that I announce that my best friend, Bryn Merrick, passed away peacefully this morning after a long battle with cancer at Llandough Hospital near Cardiff.”

Below, watch several Damned video clips featuring Merrick in the lineup. The final one, a photo gallery, also has a segment with Victimize.

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