Tony Van Frater, British musician, Died at 51

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Tony Van Frater died on October 29, 2015 from a heart attack.

He was a musician, the guitarist with Sunderland punk band Red Alert.

Tony was a mainstay of the group, who were formed in Sunderland back in 1979 and went on to tour nationally and internationally.

He also played with the Angelic Upstarts and Cockney Rejects, and was one of the most respected figures in the North East punk scene.

Tony, who was in his 50s, was a founder member of Red Alert, who made three studio albums and released several singles which reached the UK Indie Charts Top 30.

Red Alert broke up in 1985, reformed four years later and continued touring and occasionally recording.

Meanwhile, Tony played with South Shields band Angelic Upstarts, and, since 1999, with the reformed Cockney Rejects.

Tony Van Frater passed away at age 51 in October 2015.

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