The group confirmed Smith’s departure on its own FB webpage “with a remarkably heavy heart”.

“Our despair and confusion now are small in comparison to what Andrew’s loved ones are going to be sensitive,” they added.

The scene was attended by an ambulance but tries to revive him failed.

The singer has been the last member acting with the group, also songwriter and keyboardist were now As Anything.

Affectionately called”The Mentals” they had been among Australia’s most well-known brands in the 1980s, scoring hits with songs like Too Many Times, Should You Leave Megan I Come Too? And also The Nips.

They scored following they’re Live Up It featured in the soundtrack to Crocodile 20, the UK hit in 1987.

As a celebration covers band in 1978 formed, Smith maintained their achievement was a fluke.

“We did not have any ambition in any way!” He advised NQ Music Press in 2014. “It was somebody else’s thought to record us they began an independent record company and they had somebody to document and they chose us and it was only luck and everybody enjoying The Nips Are Getting Bigger that began off it.

“We said, this really is simple!

The group has been inducted into the Recording Industry Association Hall of Fame. Last month, Smith was introduced to the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The gregarious frontman was a TV character, appearing such as Hey Hey It’s Saturday and Tonight Live on shows.

He played with his final show with Mental As Anything on Saturday also was scheduled to play on Thursday at Melbourne.

Reg Mombassa, Among the band members, stated the group had been that their friend had died unexpectedly.

“We’re totally shocked. He looked like such a healthy, lively man,” he explained.

“He was not the type of man who partied too difficult. He appreciated a drink when we were younger but he had been a really significant actor.”

Smith is survived fiancee Fiona Docker by his son Harvey and brother Stuart.