Saxon’s wife, Sabrina Sherry Smith Saxon, posted the following announcement on her Facebook page earlier today.
“Sky has passed over and YaHoWha is waiting for him at the gate. He will soon be home with his Father. I'm so sorry I couldn't keep him here with us. More later. I'm sorry.”
Saxon had been hospitalized and listed in critical condition earlier this week for an undiagnosed condition. Doctors suspected an internal organ infection and planned to put the singer on temporary dialysis treatments later this week.
Although Saxon, whose real name was Richard Marsh, fell ill last Thursday, he still managed to perform a short Seeds set Saturday evening at Austin nightclub Antone’s.
According to Wikipedia, there are different accounts of Saxon’s age, placing his birth year in either 1937, 1945 or 1946.
While co-founder and frontman for The Seeds during the 1960s, Saxon and the group were early pioneers of a genre now referred to as garage rock. The band’s big hit – “Pushin’Too Hard’— combined a frenetic, almost grunge-like vocal with a big psychedelic guitar sound. Other Seeds songs from that era include “Can’t Seem Too Make You Mine,” “No Escape” and “Nobody Spoil My Fun.”
Saxon had planned to appear on the California 66 Revue Tour with other ‘60s garage band legends The Electric Prunes and Love. A tour representative told Pollstar the tour will go on as planned with a band yet to be determined appearing in place of Saxon.
For more information, please click here for Sabrina Sherry Smith Saxon’s Facebook page.