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01 October 2002

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ZAC FOLEY, former bassist with EMF, died on Thursday,3rd January. He was 31.

At present, details of his death remain undisclosed, although a message posted on the group's official website www.emf-theband.com reads : "Unfortunately,I have to confirm rumours that Zac passed away this morning. They are not rumours, they are true. Zac was 31 years old. More as it becomes available."

EMF remain best known for their 1990 hit single,"Unbelievable", an international smash that topped the American charts. The single was taken from the band's debut album,"Schubert Dip", which also performed well. However,1992's follow up album,"Stigma" failed to repeat this commercial success, as did the band's final album,"Cha Cha Cha" in 1994, despite production input from crossover specialist Johnny Dollar and a guest, spoken word contribution from actor Stephen Fry on the track "Glass Smash Jack." After completing touring commitments, the band split in 1995.

Nonetheless,EMF's "Very Best Of" was released by EMI in 1998, and, as 2001's brief UK reunion tour later proved, their fan base remained hungry, allowing for the release of a second "best-of" compilation, "Epsom Mad Funkers - The Best of EMF", A 2CD collection with remixes. The band were tentatively rumoured to be working on fresh material prior to Foley's death.

Tributes have been pouring in to the band's official site in the meantime, and a more detailed statement regarding Foley's death is due to be issued in the near future.

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EMF bassist ZAC FOLEY was found dead in a Camden Town flat. The 31-year old had passed away by the time an ambulance crew reached the flat in Camden High Street at 9.30PM on January 2nd.

Police were not treating the death as suspicious, but (as yet anyway) would not reveal how the bassist died. An inquest into Zac's death was opened and adjourned at St.Pancras coroners' court on Tuesday 15th January, without indicating any specific cause of death.

Stephen Taverner, who managed the post-EMF solo Foley (who also had a stint as bassist in indie troop CARRIE in the late 1990s) later paid tribute to the late musician:

"Zac was one of the most insecure, but beautiful people I've ever met. You couldn't help but fall for his charms. When I last spoke with him, he told me he was looking forward to a quiet Christmas."


The delayed inquest into the death of EMF bassist ZAC FOLEY got underway last week (May 27th, 2002) and announced that the musician had died from a cocktail of drink and drugs while celebrating the New Year festivities.

Pathologists found traces of heroin, cocaine, ecstacy, barbiturates and alcohol in ZAC'S body, and the inquest heard police had discovered a pipe, crack cocaine, tin foil with burn marks, an empty bottle of vodka and cans of lager in FOLEY'S Camden, London flat.

A friend had found FOLEY'S body lying on the bedroom floor of the flat on the morning of 2nd January, 2002.
  author: TIM PEACOCK 01 October 2002