Legendary rock producer Chris Tsangarides died early this morning (Sunday, January 7) after reportedly being taken ill at the start of the year. According to his daughter Anastasia Tsangarides, Chris was battling pneumonia and heart failure at the time of his death. He was 61 years old.
The British Grammy-nominated record producer, sound engineer, and mixer is best known for his work with many heavy metal bands, including Judas Priest ,Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy, and Tygers Of Pan Tang. Tsangarides also worked with a number of pop and alternative artists, including Depeche Mode, Tom Jones, and The Tragically Hip.
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi said that he was “so saddened to hear” of Tsangarides’s passing. “He has been a part of my life since ’70 when he worked as tape operator on the SABBATH album ‘Sabotage’ and he’s worked with me on lots of other albums and stuff,” he said. “What a lovely bloke he was and we always got on really well and had a great laugh too! He’ll be sadly missed. RIP, my friend.” Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler added: “Sad to hear of Chris Tsangarides passing away. He worked on the ‘Sabotage’ album, a thoroughly lovely bloke. R.I.P. Chris.”
Former Black Sabbath and Whitesnake bassist Neil Murray called Tsangarides “a lovely man and very talented.” He added that Chris will be “sadly missed by all who knew him, I’m sure.”