Vince Lovegrove killed in car accident

Staff Writer

Australian music legend Vince Lovegrove has been killed in a car accident in Byron Bay.

Police have said that Lovegroves Volkswagon Kombi left the road and rolled in a single vehicle accident at the weekend.

Lovegrove had a rich and distinguished music career after forming the Valentines in the 1960's, the band who Bon Scott began his career with. 

He became a journalist in the 1970's with seminal magazine 'Go-Set' and in the 1980's was manager of the Divinyls. He also appeared in the movie 'Monkey Grip' for which Divinyls contributed the soundtrack.

Lovegrove spent time as Jimmy Barnes tour manager, and wrote an unauthorised biography on the life of Michael Hutchence.

Lovegrove's life was touched by tragedy. Both his second wife Suzi Sidewinder, and their son Troy, died of HIV/Aids. Lovegrove quit the Divinyls to produce the documentary 'Suzi's Story' to raise awareness about living with AIDS, and to publicise that it was not a disease that only affected gay people.

Lovegrove's son Troy died of HIV/AIDS in 1993 when he was 7 years old.

It is believed Lovegrove's family is planning a private service and celebration in Sydney.

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