Mental As Anything singer Andrew ‘Greedy’ Smith dies aged 63


Smith turned into an ordinary on the countdown, not handiest acting together with his band, but as a visitor host who had a herbal appeal and enthusiasm for tv.

"Apart from being a fantastic entertainer and a gifted songwriter, I think Greedy was the most cheerful and positive person I've ever met".

Greedy was on the road with the current line up of the Mental's when he past away.

"He was a lovely bloke - one of the best you could find", Mr Bartlett, the band's manager for 16 years, told the ABC.

"One of the healthiest guys I've seen", Bartlett said.

In addition to Live It Up, which was a hit around the world after appearing in the film Crocodile Dundee, he wrote Too Many Times, another of the band's biggest songs.

The band played in the southern NSW beachside hamlet of Tathra on Saturday night and on Thursday they were due to perform at the Sooki Lounge at Belgrave in suburban Melbourne.

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Smith's publicist Dianna O'Neill was also shocked by the musician's death, having known him for more than 30 years. I spoke to him on the cellphone frequently and we would drop around to every other's house now and again.

"Our grief and confusion at this time are little compared to what Andrew's family will be feeling - our hearts and prayers go out to them".

Reg Mombasa, Greedy Smith, Martina Plaza, Wayne "Bird" Delisle and Peter O'Doherty formed Mental as Anything in 1997.

Mental As Anything were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2009.

Smith was the final original member of the touring group.

He is survived by his fiancee Fiona Docker and son Harvey. He also released two solo albums "Love Harmonica" in 1996 and "Greedy's People" in 1997.