Sunday, 23 February, 2020

Mental As Anything's Andrew 'Greedy' Smith dies of heart attack

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Adrian Cunningham | 03 December, 2019, 19:10

Reg Mombassa, Martin Plaza, Wayne De Lisle and Peter O'Doherty were the other founding members, though only Smith was still performing with the live band. "Greedy", as he came to be known, wrote a number of the band's hit songs including 1985's smash hit "Live It Up", which also enjoyed success around the world after it was included in the soundtrack for Crocodile Dundee.

Band manager Grant Bartlett on Tuesday confirmed Smith had suffered a heart attack while driving in Sydney on Monday evening.

"I think the whole time I've looked after the band the most they've ever had off was maybe a fortnight over Christmas". I spoke to him on the cellphone frequently and we would drop around to every other's house now and again.

The band performed in southern NSW's Tathra on Saturday night and was scheduled to perform in east Melbourne on Thursday.

His death, at 63, has devastated those who knew and loved him best because he seemed fit as a fiddle, rarely took a sick day and wasn't one for holidays. "Everyone's got a song that means something to them".

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Smith became additionally a vocalist, alongside plaza, and a keyboard player. Another of Smith's greatest hits, Too Many Times, also made it big overseas. Last month, Smith was inducted into the Australian songwriter's hall of repute.

Smith is survived by his son Harvey, fiancée Fiona Docker and brother Stuart.

Fans have been paying tribute to the musician on social media, with one recalling working with Smith on his 1996 solo album writing: "I don't recall working with a kinder, more giving or more cheerful artist before or since".

Smith turned into an ordinary on the countdown, not handiest acting together with his band, but as a visitor host who had a herbal appeal and enthusiasm for tv.