By: Troy Frisby
Iconic stage designer Mark Fisher died following a long battle with an as-yet-unnamed illness this week.
NME reports that the 66-year-old passed away in his sleep on Tuesday, June 25 at the Marie Curie Hospice in the U.K. following a long battle with an as-yet-unnamed illness.
Fisher was best known for his work for The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Elton John and U2. The Stones released a statement expressing their respect for their late friend.
“We are all extremely saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend Mark Fisher,” the statement reads. “The remarkable sets he designed for us over the last two decades played a major part in the success of all those tours. His passion, dedication and professionalism was infectious.”
Fisher has worked on several sets for the Rolling Stones, such as their tours for Steel Wheels, Voodoo Lounge, Bridges to Babylon and A Bigger Bang.
Pink Floyd also released a statement on their official website, remembering the design work Fisher did for the U.S. leg of their Animals tour and for their shows for The Wall in 1980. The band credited the late stage designer for designing the Teacher puppet and the hydraulic platforms used in their shows.
One of Fisher’s most recent jobs was working as the senior designer for the Olympic games, including the Beijing games and last year’s London Olympics. He also designed "The Claw" on U2's 2011 360 Degress Tour.
For more on Mark Fisher and his work, visit the official page for Stufish, his stage design firm.