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Written by: 17 June 2009 2 Comments


Music legend Chris Knox is reported to be in Auckland Hosptial after suffering a stroke on Thursday. 

Since the Invercargill born misfit started Dunedin’s first punk band the Enemy in 1977, Chris has always been centre stage and always been his own man. His CV is full of artistic endeavours, all of them, bar his time leading Toy Love one of NZ’s most popular bands of the early ’80s, created in the front room of a rambling Grey Lynn villa.



You can follow Chris’s recovery via a blog his family and friends have launched

“We have been overwhelmed by the level of support for Chris from around the world since his stroke. We’d like to express our thanks to everyone who has helped or wished us well in the last few days.

“Like many other families who are currently experiencing a similar change to their lives we are learning a great deal about strokes and their long-term effects. We have learned that it is too early to predict the ramifications of a stroke with any degree of accuracy. However, positive anecdotes have been flooding in which fill us all with hope.

“Chris is not in pain and is responsive to family and friends who are very optimistic and focused on Chris’s well being. He enjoyed his vegetable frittata this morning but I suffered the classic Knox withering look when I mentioned beer.

“As the situation becomes clearer to us we will happily inform those who wish to know.

“We have created a site at chrisknox.blogtown.co.nz for this purpose.  We aim to keep this site as current as possible.”

Family contact – Roy Martyn 



To put it simply – Chris is one of my hero’s. A top bloke, a brilliant musician, all round oddity and a man I consider a friend.

This aging lark sucks!


  • Benny said:

    Terrible news but from the blog things sound slightly more optimistic than the initial reports that were in the papers.
    Have great memories of seeing Tall Dwarfs play in the AU quad, Chris Knox running round like his usual manic self.

  • wayde webster said:

    yup sad news, hopefully things turn a corner and he comes right

    I remember when i was a yoof you coldn’t leave ya house for coming across Chris Knox playing

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