“It is with deep sadness and regret that the family of Angels singer/songwriter Bernard ‘Doc’ Neeson – loving father, family member and friend to so many – announce he has passed away in his sleep at 7.15am, today, 4th June 2014,” a family statement said.
“He has battled with a brain tumour for the last 17 months and sadly lost his fight this morning.
“He will be deeply missed by his family and partner, Annie Souter, who would all like to thank everyone for their support through this dark time.”
Neeson was a regular on Australian music television shows, notably Countdown, Spicks and Specks, The Marngrook Footy Show and RocKwiz which recently saw him performing in a Vanda & Young special in March.
He was also the subject of an Australian Story profile in April, while SBS has previously screened the doco No Way, Get F*#ked, F*#k Off!
Songs by The Angels have also been used on soundtracks of such shows as Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War and Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo plus films including Red Dog, Rogue, Holy Smoke, The Cup and Hard Knocks.
Neeson also had an acting role in Foxtel’s drama Spirited, with Claudia Karvan.