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Musician Hansen Dies in Cycling Accident

December 13, 2002

LONDON (AP) _ Mary Hansen, guitarist and vocalist with the ’90s alternative band Stereolab, has died in London at age 36, the group announced.

Hansen, from Maryborough in Queensland, Australia, died Monday in a cycling accident in London, The Independent newspaper reported Friday.

Details of the accident were not available. Band spokesman Mick Houghton was quoted by The Independent as saying a truck might have backed into her, ``but I really don’t know much more than that.″

Hansen joined the band in 1992, two years after it was formed by Tim Gane, formerly of the band McCarthy, and his French girlfriend Laetitia Sadier.

Among hundreds of messages posted on the band Web site, one from a fan who identified himself as Louis called Hansen ``the soul″ of the band.

Hansen, who played several instruments, first appeared on 1992′s LoFi single and all subsequent releases, including 1994′s Mars Audiac Quintet and 1996′s Emperor Tomato Ketchup.

Stereolab had been working on a new album, expected to be released next year.

Hansen’s funeral was to take place in Maryborough next week, the band said. It named her mother as Moira Hansen, of Maryborough, among her survivors.


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