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Mental As Anything singer Andrew ‘Greedy’ Smith has died after suffering a heart attack at the age of 63

Mental As Anything frontman Andrew “Greedy” Smith has died at the age of 63 after suffering a heart attack while driving his car in Sydney.

The beloved entertainer was moving into a new home with his fiance Fiona Docker on Monday evening when he fell ill.

The singer, songwriter and keyboardist was currently on a tour with the Mentals and was the last original member of the live outfit.

The funny, charismatic musician who loved playing harmonica was urged by Sydney art school students Martin Murphy, Chris O’Doherty, David Twohill and Steve Coburn to quit his band and join their outfit in 1976.

Greedy Smith.Greedy Smith.
Camera IconGreedy Smith. Credit: Midwest Times

The Mentals, as they are affectionately known, became one of the most popular band in the Countdown era and enjoyed a string of hits through the 1980s.

Songs including The Nips Are Getting Bigger, If You Leave Me, Can I Come Too? and Berserk Warriors were favourites among pop fans and inner-city lovers of the alternative New Wave music emerging from Sydney’s pub circuit.

One of their biggest hits Live It Up, reached No. 2 on the Australian charts and enjoyed some success overseas, peaking at No. 3 in the UK, when it featured on the soundtrack of the Crocodile Dundee film in 1986.

The gregarious singer also proved hugely popular as a television personality and was regularly a judge on the Hey Hey It’s Saturday talent guest segment Red Faces and a panellist on Spicks and Specks as well as filling in for Steve Vizard as host of the variety show Tonight Live.

Greedy Smith, second from the left, with Mental as Anything in their heyday.Greedy Smith, second from the left, with Mental as Anything in their heyday.
Camera IconGreedy Smith, second from the left, with Mental as Anything in their heyday. Credit: Supplied

Pete O’Doherty, who with brother Reg Mombassa, was a member of the most popular line-up of the Mentals was “devastated”” by the news of Smith’s sudden death.

“It’s really hard to comprehend,” he said.

“He was the loveliest, nicest man we knew and it’s just unbelievable.”

His close friend, entertainment publicist Dianna O’Neill said “our grief and confusion at this time are little compared to what Andrew’s family will be feeling —our hearts and prayers go out to them””.

Smith is survived by his son Harvey, fiancee Fiona Docker and brother Stuart.

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