Faithless singer Maxi Jazz dies aged 65

Maxi Jazz, the DJ and singer who fronted the eclectic British dance band Faithless, has died aged 65.

Faithless announced his death on social media on Saturday (local time), saying he “died peacefully in his sleep last night”.

“He was a man who changed our lives in so many ways,” the band said.

“He gave proper meaning and a message to our music. He was a lovely human being with time for everyone and wisdom that was both profound and accessible.”

The musician co-founded the dance group alongside Rollo and Sister Bliss, fusing trip hop, house, techno, and more. His inimitable spoken word vocals became their hallmark, with Faithless achieving massive global success.

Jazz met Rollo Armstrong and went on to form Faithless, along with Sister Bliss, which produced hits including Insomnia and We Come 1. Their first album Reverence was released in 1996 and their most recent, All Blessed in 2020.