Wednesday, September 21, 2011 1:28pm ET by  
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R.E.M. announce they have split up

The iconic rock outfit R.E.M. have decided to call it a day. 

The band, who have enjoyed a fantastically successful and long career spanning three decades, posted a message on their official website this evening (September 21) to break the news to their devoted fan base. 

"To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening. R.E.M"

Watch R.E.M. performing their classic hit 'Everybody Hurts' below: