Mike Scaccia, the guitarist for the metal band Ministry, has died after he collapsed onstage Saturday while his band was playing a concert in Texas. He was just 47 years old.
Ministry’s lead singer, Al Jourgensen, announced the sad news on Facebook Sunday writing: “I just lost my lil’ brother and my best friend… Mikey was not only the best guitar player in the history of music, but he was a close, close, close part of our family – and I just lost a huge chunk of my heart today. Our lives are forever changed. Life without Mikey is like orange juice without pulp – kind of bland. I have no words to express what this guy meant to me, my family, my career….everything!”
“Rest in peace my brother, my friend, my heart. Please pray for Mike Scaccia and Jenny, his wife and their children, and his family,” he added.
Some reports are saying that Scaccia died from a heart attack, brought on by heart disease, though other sources are saying the musician suffered a fatal seizure due to the flickering strobe lights in the venue.
We’ll keep you up to date when more news comes in.
Rest in peace Mr. Scaccia.