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Dan McCafferty, Lead Singer of Scottish Band Nazareth, Passes Away at 76

Nazareth singer Dan McCafferty has left for the heavenly abode. The founding frontman of Scottish rock band Nazareth, Dan McCafferty who sang the hit song Love Hurts, has passed away at the age of 76.

As per a report by Deadline, Dan McCafferty died on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. Continue reading further to know the cause behind the death of the legendary singer Dan McCafferty.

What was the cause behind the death of Dan McCafferty?

On November 8, 2022, Tuesday, Dan McCafferty’s longtime bandmate, bassist Pete Agnew, shared the sad news of his passing away on the social media platform Facebook. He put out the heartbreaking news on the group’s official Facebook page.

Pete wrote, “This is the saddest announcement I ever had to make. Maryann and the family have lost a wonderful loving husband and father, I have lost my best friend and the world has lost one of the greatest singers of all time.”

As of this moment, the cause of the Where Are You Now singer Dan McCafferty has not been revealed publicly. There is a possibility that his family might disclose the cause of his death in the times to come. He is survived by his wife Maryann and their two children.

Who was Dan McCafferty?

For those of you who are unaware, let us tell you, Dan McCafferty was a Scottish singer who was born on October 14, 1946, in Dunfermline, Scotland. He was popularly known as the lead singer for the Scottish hard rock band Nazareth.

Dan co-founded the rock band in the year 1968 with Agnew, guitarist Manny Charlton, and drummer Darrell Sweet. He retired from touring with the band in 2013 due to health issues.

At that time, McCafferty retired from touring after 45 years due to the effects of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He sang and penned down many hit songs such as Broken Down Angel and Bad Bad Boy.

In an earlier interview with the UK music magazine, Classic Rock, Dan revealed that  his chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) had “worsened in recent years.” Due to his deteriorating health, at one point in late August 2013, he even had to leave the stage during a show in Switzerland after singing only three songs.

Then, Dan went on to say, “You don’t know when it’s going to come on, but suddenly you can’t breathe.” Later on, in an episode at the Swiss festival, he said, “if you can’t do the job you shouldn’t be there — Nazareth’s too big for that.”

The rock band Nazareth shot to fame in the United Kingdom with their 1973 third LP, Razamanaz, produced by Deep Purple’s Roger Glover. It landed on spot no. 11 and consisted of a pair of Top 10 singles in Great Britain, like Broken Down Angel and Bad Bad Boy. Apart from this, Dan also released three solo albums during his career: Dan McCafferty (1975), Into the Ring (1987), and Last Testament (2019).

We send our deepest condolences to the friends and family members of Dan McCafferty during this difficult time. May the departed soul rest in peace. Don’t forget to stay tuned with us for the latest updates from the world of showbiz.

Meenal Mehta
Hi, I am Meenal. I'm a travel enthusiast, a movie buff and a cricket fan all wrapped in one. I love to capture moments through my words. Writing is my happy space, it has been a great way of putting all my thoughts out and feel liberated.


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