British singer who was the frontman of The Smiths and who went on to release successful solo albums, such as his 1988 album Viva Hate.
He was medicated as a teenager to help him manage his depression and also began writing poetry. One of his first bands was the punk group The Nosebleeds.
He is a staunch animal rights activist and a vegan.
He was born to parents Peter, a hospital porter, and Elizabeth, an assistant librarian. His parents were Irish Catholics and immigrated to Manchester from county Kildare.
He once criticized Madonna, saying that her lyrics were pointless.