Tommy Keene, the cult power pop and new wave singer-songwriter, has passed away, Variety reports. According to a post on his official website, Keene “passed unexpectedly and peacefully in his sleep.” He was 59. The Maryland-born musician was best known for his work from the 1980s, including his 1984 hit “Places That Are Gone” from his critically acclaimed debut EP of the same name.

Keene was born in Bethesda, Maryland. He played with the pioneering pop band the Razz before releasing his debut solo EP—Places That Are Gone. Over the course of his career, Keene’s music was heavily associated with the power pop and new wave genres, earning him a cult following. He released twelve solo albums; his last was 2015’s Laugh in the Dark. This past year, he toured with Matthew Sweet.


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