Joe Strummer of punk band The Clash has died at the age of 50.

Strummer, who was one of punk's foremost pioneers, died yesterday in London.

Strummer joined The Clash in 1976 and, together with fellow guitarist, singer and songwriter Mick Jones, was responsible for punk classics such as 'White Riot', 'Rock the Casbah' and 'London Calling'.

The Clash were also noted for their idealistic left wing political ideology.

After the end of The Clash in 1996, Strummer worked with Big Audio Dynamite and The Pogues.

He also moved into acting, working with directors such as Alex Cox ('Walker' and 'Straight to Hell') and Jim Jarmusch ('Mystery Train').

Strummer had been on tour with his most recent band, The Mescaleros, until last month and was due to release a new album.

His death was announced this morning on his official website.