Hollis, who had largely withdrawn from the spotlight, was 64.
Born in North London, Hollis is best known as the bandleader of Talk Talk. He formed the group in 1981 alongside Lee Harris and Paul Webb. They navigated an unpredictable path from synth pop hits like 1984's "It's My Life" to their final, sprawling art rock albums, 1988's Spirit Of Eden and 1991's Laughing Stock. The band called it quits in 1992, and little has been heard from Hollis since. He released a single, self-titled solo album in 1998 and also contributed to UNKLE's album from that same year, Psyence Fiction, though he asked to be left off the credits on the latter album due to a desire for privacy.
Various figures from the electronic music world are mourning Hollis's death.
RIP Mark Hollis - https://t.co/FpWOsFabkg— NTS Radio (@NTSlive) February 25, 2019
Happiness is easy. R.I.P Mark Hollis. 🦋https://t.co/NuI90lF50r— Trevor Jackson (@trevorjofficial) February 25, 2019
rip mark hollis💫 pic.twitter.com/FzQFBdl92I— Steve Hauschildt (@stevehauschildt) February 25, 2019
Seeing news (unconfirmed, so far) about Mark Hollis. In shock.— Philip Sherburne (@PhilipSherburne) February 25, 2019
Listen to The Colour of Spring, Spirit of Eden, Laughing Stock. Strangely beautiful ambient pop. Mark Hollis RIP.— Geeta Dayal (@geetadayal) February 25, 2019
Awful, awful news... RIP Mark Hollis (Talk Talk) https://t.co/SmamFh3oHX— Kirk Degiorgio (@KirkDegiorgio) February 25, 2019
“Before you play two notes learn how to play one note — and don’t play one note unless you’ve got a reason to play it.” pic.twitter.com/cvlnmmjR1l— Ghostly (@ghostly) February 25, 2019