Buzzcocks singer Pete Shelley died at 63 years of a suspected heart attack.
The punk band is best known for their success, Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You should & # 39; & # 39; ve).
Their management told the BBC that Shelley died on Thursday in Estonia, where he lived.
BBC correspondent Lizo Mzimba said Buzzcocks, who had trained in Bolton in the 1970s, was considered more lucid, but musically no less influential, than the Sex Pistols.
The band tweeted saying that Shelley was "one of the UK's most influential and prolific singer-songwriters and co-founder of the original original punk band Buzzcocks".
His music has inspired generations of musicians in a five-decade career with his band and as a solo artist, they said.
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The Charlatans singer, Tim Burgess, said that Shelley's "perfect three-minute pop songs" were "the soundtrack of being a teenager".
Teenage singer Fanclub Norman Blake tweeted how important Shelley's songs were in their youth, and it remained today.
And singer Tracey Thorn, formerly from Everything But The Girl, said that Shelley was an "extraordinary songwriter".
Author Neil Gaiman tweeted "part of my youth dies with him".
Music critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine said that Buzzcocks was one of the most influential bands to emerge in the initial wave of punk rock, with echoes of their music in everyone, from Hüsker Dü to Nirvana.
"The Buzzcocks were inspired by the energy of the Sex Pistols, but they did not copy the Pistols' political anger," he wrote in AllMusic.
"Instead, they brought that intense and brilliant energy to the three-minute pop song, and Shelley's alternately amusing and distressed lyrics on adolescence and love were among the best and most intelligent of her era. . "