Sad news to report as former TNT vocalist Tony Mills has died after losing his six-month battle with cancer. He was just 57 years old. Born in the UK, he appeared on three studio albums from TNT — 2007’s The New Territory, 2008’s Atlantis and 2010’s A Farewell To Arms — before exiting and being replaced by a returning Tony Harnell. Mills toured the world with British AOR sensation SHY in the ’80s and established himself as a versatile songwriter and session vocalist with a slew of U.S. artists during the ’80s and ’90s. While fronting TNT, he maintained an active solo career and continued being involved in session work. Mills’s passing was confirmed by his wife Linda in a social media post earlier today.
She wrote: “It is with a shattered heart that I announce the passing of my loving husband and best friend Tony Mills. He was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in April of this year and lived his life to the fullest until he exhaled for the last time in my arms. He wanted to live, but wasn’t afraid of death.
“Most will know him through his incredible contribution to the music world as a singer in bands like SHY and TNT as well as a solo artist and session vocalist. He leaves behind him a legacy that will live on for many lifetimes.
“Those people closest to him will also know him as a gentle and kind soul, a dedicated husband with a love for the quiet life, his animals and his motorbikes. His sense of humour was always on point. His last summer was the happiest in his life, at the end of each day he exclaimed ‘It’s been another fantastic day!’ He spent a lot of time in his workshop fixing up his dirtbike so he could ride it later this autumn. The evening before he passed, he managed to whisper: ‘I’ve had a good life. I’ve had a GOOD life. I’m just a bit pissed about the bike.'”