Mental As Anything founding member and songwriter Andrew “Greedy” Smith has died after suffering a heart attack in his car. He was aged 63.

Band manager Grant Bartlett on Tuesday confirmed to AAP that Smith had suffered a heart attack while driving in Sydney. An ambulance arrived promptly to provide treatment but he later died.

Mr Bartlett, who has managed the Australian pop-rock band for 16 years, said Smith’s fatal heart problem came as a surprise.

“One of the healthiest guys I’ve seen,” Mr Bartlett said.

The band performed in southern NSW’s Tathra on Saturday night and was scheduled to perform in east Melbourne on Thursday.

It was formed in Sydney in August 1977 by Smith, along with Reg Mombassa, Martin Plaza, Wayne “Bird” Delisle and Peter O’Doherty.

Smith was also a vocalist, alongside Plaza, and keyboard player.

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He is survived by his fiancee Fiona Docker and son Harvey.

AAP