Brian Anthony Howe – who was the lead singer of Bad Company from the early 80s to mid 90s – is dead at 66 after cardiac arrest.

TMZ reported on Tuesday morning that the talented musician passed away at his home in Florida while possibly on his way to the hospital according to a relative.

Howe has had a history of heart complications as he had a heart attack in 2017. He rose to fame as he became the lead vocalist for Bad Company’s Fame And Fortune album in 1986.


The artist born in Portsmouth – which is a port city in Hampshire, England – had replaced Paul Rodgers who left the group to spend time with his family.

The group reached its height of commercial success with the album Holy Water in 1990 in which Howe handled most of the songwriting duties.

The release made the top 40 and even attained platinum status by selling more than 1million copies as it was aided by hit song If You Needed Somebody. 

Two years later, Howe made his last album with the group – titled Here Comes Trouble – which also reached success as it went gold with the top 40 hit How About that.


He then left the English hard rock band in 1994 citing friction with guitarist Mick Ralphs and drummer Simon Kirke.

At the time Howe said: “Leaving Bad Company was not a difficult decision. It had got to the point where nobody was contributing anything to songwriting and quite frankly, the band was getting very very sloppy live.

He went on to release his first solo album, titled Tangled In Blue in 1997 before re-releasing it with one additional song in 2003 as Touch.

In late February 2010, his second solo album, The Circus Bar, was released in the UK to a majority of positive reviews.