Tom Verlaine

has died at the age of 73 of unknown causes.

Patti Smith's daughter, Jesse Paris Smith, has confirmed the news to

The New York Times

, stating that her death occurred after "a brief illness."

Tom Verlaine was the

leader of Television and one of the most influential rock guitarists of the last half century


His playing style was not only a rarity in 1970s New York punk-rock, but has remained an islet as luminous as it was shrouded in mystery ever since.

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