Chris Acland performing with Lush.
|Birth name||Christopher John Dyke Acland|
|Born||7 September 1966
|Died||17 October 1996
Christopher John Dyke Acland was born in Lancaster Infirmary. Burke's Peerage & Baronetage 104th Edition notes that he was the son of Oliver Geoffrey Dyke Acland and Judith Veronica Williams. He was the great-grandson of Sir Francis Dyke Acland, the 14th Baronet Acland.
He played in a number of bands, including The Infection, Les Turds and Panic, before founding Lush in 1988 with Steve Rippon, Emma Anderson, Meriel Barham and Miki Berenyi. After personnel changes gave way to a stable line-up, Lush released their debut mini-LP, Scar, and developed a following as a live act. They would go on to release three albums and several singles and EPs and achieve critical success.
Personal life and death
On 17 October 1996, after Lush had completed their tour and music festival appearances, and two days after bandmate Anderson announced a desire to quit the band, Acland committed suicide by hanging himself in his parents' house in Burneside, Cumbria. His bandmates in Lush were devastated and disbanded after a period of mourning.