Pete Shelley, the lead singer of English punk rock band Buzzcocks, has died aged 63..

The news was confirmed on Thursday (December 6) on the band's official Twitter page. 

They tweeted: "It's with great sadness that we confirm the death of Pete Shelley, one of the UK's most influential and prolific songwriters and co-founder of the seminal original punk band Buzzcocks."

A second tweet added: "Pete's music has inspired generations of musicians over a career that spanned five decades and with his band and as a solo artist, he was held in the highest regard by the music industry and by his fans around the world."

The BBC reports that Shelley died of a suspected heart attack.

Pete Shelley pictured performing in The Liquid Room in Edinburgh in 2015

The band's management said he died on Thursday in Estonia where he was living.

The band are best known for their classic track Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've).

Pete Shelley formed Buzzcocks with Howard Devoto in the mid-1970s. 

They made their live debut in 1976, opening for the Sex Pistols in Manchester.

Buzzcocks -  John Maher, Steve Garvey, Pete Shelley, Steve Diggle - pictured in 1978

The band released their debut Spiral Scratch EP the next year and Devoto left the group shortly afterwards.

Buzzcocks released three albums, Another Music in a Different Kitchen (1978), Love Bites (1978) and A Different Kind of Tension (1979) before their initial break-up in 1981.

Shelley released numerous solo albums before the band got back together in 1989.

Buzzcocks most recently released music in 2014 with their ninth studio record The Way.

Tributes for the musician have been pouring in on Twitter.