Rowland Stuart Howard (24 October 1959 – 30 December 2009) was an Australian rock musician, guitarist and songwriter, best known for his electric guitar in the post-punk group The Birthday Party.
Howard died from liver cancer on 30 December 2009. His public funeral was held at Sacred Heart Church, St. Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria in Australia on 7 January 2010.
The living among Howard's Birthday Party bandmates reflected upon his death; Nick Cave told WENN, 'This is very sad news. Rowland was Australia's most unique, gifted and uncompromising guitarist. He was also a good friend. He will be missed by many.' Mick Harvey remarked, 'Sometimes people are ready to go because they have been sick for a long time, but Rowland really wanted to live. Things were going well for him outside his health and he wanted to take advantage of that, and he was very disappointed that he wasn't well enough to do so.'
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