The experimental band Residents confirmed the news with a statement on Twitter, highlighting Hardy Fox’s instinct for leadership and direction as and he died from brain cancer. The statement also says that Fox’s musical ability was unique, highly refined, and prolific, and he was blessed with a vital sense of aesthetics, a keen ear, and an exquisite love of the absurd. Fox was 73 years old.
Hardy Fox grew up in Texas. After college he moved to San Francisco reveling in the free love days of 1967-68. He co-founded the much loved cult band, the Residents. Hardy Fox retired from The Residents in 2015 but continued to compose for the group through 2018. In addition to his work with that band, he has recorded as a solo artist under various names including Charles Bobuck, Combo de Mechanico, Sonido de la Noche, Chuck, Tar among others. Recently, Fox stopped composing. He was thinking more and more that he had completed his personal expectations. Fox did write a book not too long ago