The music world mourned the singer’s passing online this evening (Image: Redferns)

“One of the greatest frontmen from one of the greatest bands,” Happy Mondays star Rowetta began her tribute with this evening, as she shared a video of the late star performing.

“And a gorgeous, kind, down to earth man. I’ll miss his music, his United post match honesty, his messages. Terry Hall Forever.”

Radio 2 DJ Jo Whiley wrote on Twitter: “Horrid news.

“Have always been a fan. So many songs of Terry Hall that I’ve loved throughout my life. Specials. Fun Boy Three. Colourfield.”

Channel 4 News presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy added: “Such sad sad news. RIP Terry Hall and thanks for all the brilliance.”

The Specials made a name with their ska and rocksteady style, and for providing a musical backdrop to economic recession, urban decay and societal fracture in the early 1980s.