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Wednesday, 11 December, 2002, 17:42 GMT
Stereolab singer killed
Stereolab
Mary (second from left) joined the band in 1992
Stereolab vocalist Mary Hansen has died in a cycling accident in London, aged 36.

The band's spokesman, Mick Houghton, said the accident happened on Monday as Hansen was cycling through central London.

"We believe a vehicle, possibly a truck, backed into her, but I really don't know much more than that at the moment," he said.

In a statement, the band's other members expressed their sadness at the news of her death.

"The suddenness of her death has shocked the band," it said.

"Mary was a special person. Our thoughts are with her family and friends who will miss her greatly."

Influential

Hansen, an Australian, had been a vocalist and guitar player with Stereolab since 1992.

The band was formed in 1990 by Tim Gane and Laetitia Sadier after the pair met at a concert in Paris.

Combining an inclination for melodic 60s pop with an art-rock aesthetic, Stereolab were one of the most influential alternative bands of the 90s.

Fans have been posting their memories of Hansen on the band's website.

One fan recalled the first time he saw Stereolab in concert.

"Mary really stood out. She seemed warm and welcoming," he said.

"Oh my God," says another fan. "Time to keep the good memories in mind. Her backings were great, her guitar playing tremendous, and she was so cool. Rest in peace honey."

Hansen's body will be flown back to Australia, where a funeral is due to be held in her hometown of Maryborough, near Brisbane, next week.

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