The Buzzcocks' official Twitter account also released a statement reading: "It's with great sadness that we confirm the death of Pete Shelley, one of the UK's most influential and prolific songwriters and co-founder of the seminal original punk band Buzzcocks".
Shelley was born to Margaret and John McNeish at in Leigh, Lancashire. It was a true honour to have them play with us this year in Belfast.
Shelley reportedly died following a heart attack at his home in Estonia.
The Buzzcocks, with Steve Diggle (L), Pete Shelley, Steve Garvey and Danny Farrant (rear) perform at "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" at CBS Television City on July 24, 2006, in Los Angeles.
Buzzcocks released their first EP, Spiral Scratch, on their own independent label, New Hormones.
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The band's punk/new wave singles including "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)".
The band debuted a year later, opening for the Sex Pistols.
Buzzcocks emerged from the late-1970s punk scene in the United Kingdom alongside contemporaries the Sex Pistols. The album's title track was banned by the BBC for "explicit reference to gay sex", though it enjoyed commercial success in Europe and North America.
They continued to tour and record, and released their most recent album, The Way, in 2014.
Shelley's solo career then spawned 1983's XL1 and 1986's Heaven and the Sea before Buzzcocks reformed in 1989.