Mental As Anything founding member and songwriter Andrew "Greedy" Smith has died, aged 63, after suffering a heart attack in his vehicle.
Smith helped found Mental As Anything in 1976 while he and his fellow band members - Martin Murphy, Chris O'Doherty (aka Reg Mombassa), Steve Coburn and David Twohill - were studying at an art college in Sydney.
Mental As Anything are perhaps best known for their hits "The Nips Are Getting Bigger" and "Live It Up".
Band manager Grant Bartlett on Tuesday confirmed to AAP that Smith had suffered a heart attack while driving in Sydney.
"I think the whole time I've looked after the band the most they've ever had off was maybe a fortnight over Christmas".
"I spoke to him two days ago". It was a pleasure to know him. He remained the only founding member of the band to still tour, and they were scheduled to perform a gig in Melbourne this week.
Smith became additionally a vocalist, alongside plaza, and a keyboard player. The single reached #3 in the United Kingdom after featuring on the soundtrack of Crocodile Dundee in 1986.
His band mates gave a glimpse of their own shock in a tribute posted on Facebook. Soundtrack to many a great party over so many years!
Smith is survived by his son Harvey, fiancée Fiona Docker and brother Stuart.
Loyal fans have shared personal stories of a class act who pumped out their hits at city venues and in modest country-town pubs from the north of the country to the south, from the east to the west.
Smith's passing comes just three weeks after being inducted into the Australian Songwriters Association Hall of Fame.
Andrew "Greedy" Smith will forever be a legend and a pioneer of contemporary Australian music.