Sunderland musician Dickie Hammond dies at 50

Sunderland musician Dickie Hammond, who has died at the age of 50.
Sunderland musician Dickie Hammond, who has died at the age of 50.
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Sunderland guitarist Dickie Hammond has died - the second city musician to pass this week.

Dickie, who was 50, was a member of influential 1990s local punk band Leatherface.

He was a big Sunderland AFC supporter, and often wore a club shirt on stage.

In recent years he had also played with the Angelic Upstarts and The Dipsomaniacs.

He had also played with Doctor Bison, Generic, H.D.Q., Hex, Stokoe, The Jones, and Toy Dolls.

It was with Leatherface, who are credited with influencing a whole generation of bands, that he was best known.His death comes just days after that of Tony Van Frater, who was in Red Alert, the Angelic Upstarts and Cockney Rejects.

The cause of Dickie's death is unknown, but he is known to have suffered alcohol-related health issues in recent years.

Tributes have been flooding in on social media.

Liam Thompson posted on Facebook: "First Tony Van Frater now Dickie Hammond. All the Sunderland punk Gods are leaving us. RIP lads."

Dean Liddle wrote: "Sunderland's music scene has just lost another god. Lucky enough to have played music with you, you changed the way punk was played and recorded one of the best albums ever. A true saint and friend, RIP Dickie Hammond."