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Punk rock pioneer
Randy "Biscuit" Turner dies at 56

Punk rock pioneer
Randy "Biscuit" Turner dies at 56

Punk rock icon Randy "Biscuit" Turner was found dead Thursday in his home in Austin, Tex., reports the Austin American-Statesman. A spokesperson from Turner's label says the singer was 56. Turner, the front man for pioneering punk band the Big Boys, was one of a few openly gay figures in punk rock, deliberately toying with gender in his stage act and standing up to homophobic attitudes among rival bands. The Big Boys lasted from 1978 to 1984 and were known for their explosive live shows; some cite the band as a precursor to later funk-punk combos as the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Fishbone. Police investigators did not release details regarding Turner's death, but a police spokesperson said it was not being considered a suspicious death.

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