Tony Sly, No Use For a Name

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A sad day for No Use for a Name fans.

Tony Sly, the frontman for the Northern California-based punk rock band, has died of as yet undisclosed causes. He was 41.

"It is with great sorrow that we must say goodbye to Tony Sly of No Use For A Name," read a statement on their label's website.

"We received a call earlier today of his passing, and are devastated. We have lost an incredible talent, friend, and father—one of the true greats. [Producer] Fat Mike had this to say: 'One of my dearest friends and favorite song writers has gone way too soon. Tony, you will be greatly missed.'"

Sly joined the band in 1989, replacing founding member John Meyer, and they released Incognito, the following year.

No Use broke through into mainstream video play on MTV with "Soulmate," off of 1993's Leche Con Carne and they were on several Warped Tour lineups in the 1990s.

No Use went through a number of members as they became less hardcore and more tuneful over the years, and Sly was the longest serving veteran of the group at the time of his death.

"We covered Chasing Rainbows by No Use For A Name during our set today in tribute," tweeted Yellowcard guitarist Ryan Mendez. "RIP Tony Sly, you were a massive influence on all of us."

"We are truly saddened to hear about the passing of our friend Tony Sly," tweeted Chicago-bred punk band Rise Against. "He was an amazing song writer and an amazing person. RIP Tony Sly."

Bad Religion tweeted: "goodbye to a good friend, tony sly."

The Ataris wrote: "Tony sly, you wrote some solid songs. When we were just starting out, you generously let us crash your hotel floor. Stay gold man. Godspeed."

"So sad to hear of Tony Sly's passing. One of the nicest guys ever. Our thoughts are with his family & friends. He'll be greatly missed. -N," tweeted Noodles of The Offspring.

Their last studio album for label Fat Wreck Chords was 2008's The Feel Good Record of the Year, and Sly had said in 2010 that he was penning tunes for a new release.

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