Walter Lure, who was guitarist in iconic NYC punk band The Heartbreakers, has died after battle with lung cancer and liver cancer. He was 71. The facebook page for LA club Starwood confirmed the sad news, writing, "Walter Lure (April 22, 1949 - August 22, 2020) our dear friend has passed away. Walter was diagnosed with liver and lung cancer in July 2020, which spread rapidly and he died from complications related to the cancer at the age of 71, peacefully in the hospital, surrounded by family. He was much loved by all and respected for all he contributed to the world of music. He will be dearly missed."
Lure was the last surviving member of The Heartbreakers who played on their classic 1977 debut (and only) studio album L.A.M.F., following the deaths of Thunders in 1991, drummer Jerry Nolan in 1992 and Billy Rath in 2014. (Richard Hell, who was an original Heartbreakers member but left to focus on the Voidoids before L.A.M.F. was recorded, is still with us.) Walter continued to play music over the years, collaborated with the Ramones, and led his own band The Waldos.
Rest in peace, Walter. Read tributes from Marky Ramone, Richie Ramone, Sex Pistols' Glen Matlock, Blondie's Clem Burke, The Go-Go's' Kathy Valentine, Garbage, Cro-Mags' Harley Flanagan, Bebe Buell and more HERE and listen to L.A.M.F. below.
Here's Walter with Johnny Thunders at NYC's Peppermint Lounge on April 13, 1985, photo by Greg Cristman: