2003 – Kevin MacMichael, guitarist with ’80s hit-makers Cutting Crew (“(I Just) Died in Your Arms”) dies aged 51. Kevin Scott Macmichael (7 November 1951 – 31 December 2002) was a Canadian guitarist, songwriter and record producer, best known for being a member of the 1980s English based pop-rock band, Cutting Crew, who had a number-one hit in 1987 with “(I Just) Died in Your Arms”. Cutting Crew was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1987.
Macmichael was born in New Brunswick and raised in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. In 1978, he joined the band, Spice. In the early 1980s he was part of the Halifax band, Fast Forward, when he met Nick Van Eede, who was touring Canada as vocalist with the band The Drivers. MacMichael left for the UK and founded Cutting Crew along with Van Eede in 1985. After Cutting Crew’s run of success ended and Virgin Records let them go, he worked with Robert Plant playing guitar on his 1993 album, Fate of Nations.
Later, he returned to Nova Scotia and worked as a record producer for a number of Canadian musicians.
He died in his native Nova Scotia of lung cancer in 2002, less than a year after being diagnosed; he was 51.