It is with great sorrow and regret that The Cryptic Corporation announces the passing of longtime associate, Hardy Fox.
As president of the corporation from 1982-2016, the company benefited from Hardy’s instinct for leadership and direction, but his true value came from his longtime association with The Residents.
As the group’s producer, engineer, as well as collaborator on much of their material, Fox’s influence on The Residents was indelible; despite any formal training, his musicality was nevertheless unique, highly refined and prolific.
Blessed with a vital sense of aesthetics, a keen ear, and an exquisite love of the absurd, Hardy’s smiling face was a constant source of joy to those around him. He will be missed.
After a series of recent health problems, Hardy succumbed to a brief illness. He is survived by his husband, Steven Kloman.
Cherry Red MD Adam Velasco said: “We’ve been fortunate to work with Hardy in the later years of his life as a Resident. He was unique; a talented character with a deep affection for the music he created for many years as part of his inimitable group. His legacy will continue forever.”