Nirvana producer Steve Albini dead at 61 as tributes pour in

Tributes have flooded in after rock producer Steve Albini, best known for collaborating with Nirvana, has died at 61 years old.

The legend died on May 8 after tragically suffering from a heart attack.

Albini was a beloved musician, record producer, audio engineer, and music journalist who was well-known and admired for his impressive work in the alternative rock industry.

During his impressive decade-spanning career Albini helped to create several timeless classic albums, including Nirvana’s hit studio album In Utero and the Pixies’ Surfer Rosa, reports the Mirror.

The devastating news of Albini's death also comes just a week before his rock band Shellac was set to release To All Trains, which would've marked their first album release in over a decade.

Albini was the guitar and vocals in the post-hardcore rock band where he played alongside musicians Bob Weston and Todd Trainer.

Steve Albini
Albini was an on-stage performer himself and was a member of the rock bands Big Black and Shellac -Credit:WireImage

After the heartbreaking news was announced, fans of Albini took to X, formerly Twitter, sharing their heartache over the unexpected loss.

One fan wrote: "Seriously gutted to hear about the passing of Steve Albini. A genius engineer, producer and musician."

And another added: "Shocking news. Steve Albini was responsible for shaping the majority of the music I love. His approach to sound aesthetics influenced my life tremendously. RIP."

While a third wrote: "God, this is horrible news. So many folks I love and admire are going to be gutted by this loss. There’s a good chance that music you love was thanks to his genius. My deepest condolences to all who were touched by his life."

Outside of his work with Nirvana and Pixie, Albini also worked with famous acts such as Bush, Melt Banana, the Breeders, Jarvis Cocker, PJ Harvey, the Jesus Lizard, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Gogol Bordello, Mclusky, and former Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.

He also was a rockstar himself performing in various bands, most notably Big Black and Shellac.

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