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Suicide Silence: Death of vocalist Mitch Lucker ‘devastating’

RIP MITH LUCKER

Fans were in mourning over the death of Mitch Lucker, a vocalist for the heavy metal band Suicide Silence who was killed in a motorcycle accident in Huntington Beach.

The band posted a statement on its Facebook page Thursday morning reading, “There’s no easy way to say this. Mitch passed away earlier this morning from injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident. This is completely devastating to all of us and we offer our deepest condolences to his family. He will be forever in our hearts.”

Lucker, 28, who lived in Huntington Beach, was riding his black 2013 Harley-Davidson south on Main Street about 8:55 p.m. Wednesday when he hit a light pole near the intersection of 13th Street. According to a release from the department, Lucker apparently lost control of his vehicle and was thrown from it after hitting the pole.

The motorcycle continued moving forward after Lucker was ejected and collided with a pickup truck that was traveling north on Main. The driver of the truck was not injured.

Lucker, who was treated at the scene by paramedics, died shortly after 6 a.m. at UC Irvine Medical Center, according to the Orange County coroner’s office.

The band has released three albums — 2007’s “The Cleansing,” 2009’s “No Time to Bleed” and last year’s “The Black Crown” — and is described on the website of its record label, Century Media, as “the defining modern death metal band for a new generation.”

On the site, Lucker is quoted describing the band’s hardcore musical approach.

“This record just attacks, attacks, attacks,” he says of the “Black Crown” album. “You’re jumping up and down, or you’re smashing something, or you’re stomping something. It’s simply unrelenting.”

Lucker is at least the second heavy metal star to die in Huntington Beach in recent years; Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan, the drummer of Avenged Sevenfold, succumbed to a drug overdose at his home in 2009.

Police urged anyone who witnessed the motorcycle collision to call (714) 536-5666. — Michael Miller

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Founding Ramones Drummer Tommy Ramone Dies


Founding Ramones Drummer Tommy Ramone Dies

by Spencer Kaufman July 12, 2014 8:51 AM

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Sad news to report, as drummer Tommy Ramone, the last surviving founding member of the legendary punk band The Ramones, has passed away at the age of 62.

Following a tragic period from 2001 to 2004 where Joey, Dee Dee and Johnny Ramone all died within a few years of each other, Tommy had remained the only living founding member of The Ramones until yesterday (July 11). The drummer died after a battle with bile duct cancer.

Tommy, whose real name was Erdelyi Tamas, was born in Budapest, Hungary, but grew up in Queens, N.Y., where the Ramones famously formed. He played on the band’s first three studio albums — ‘The Ramones,’ ‘Leave Home’ and ‘Rocket To Russia’ — before leaving the band in 1978. He also appeared on the band’s 1979 live disc ‘It’s Alive.’

In addition, Tommy co-produced all of the aforementioned albums, as well as two more Ramones albums — ‘Road to Ruin’ and ‘Too Tough to Die’ — after he had been replaced by Marky Ramone. He also produced the Replacements first album, ‘Tim,’ among other discs.

In addition to playing on dozens of Ramones songs, Tommy co-wrote some of the band’s most popular tunes like ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’ and ‘I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend.’ He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with the other founding and key members of the Ramones in 2002.

We’d like to send our best wishes and condolences to the family and friends of Tommy Ramone, and thank the late drummer for gifting the world with such incredible music.

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