I just received this press release from Nuclear Blast, which floored me:
It is with great sadness and regret this morning that we have to report that Mitch Lucker, vocalist of SUICIDE SILENCE, passed away a few hours ago due to injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident.
NUCLEAR BLAST would like to offer our condolences to his family, friends, band members and fans worldwide who are affected by this loss.
He left us doing what he loved to do most. He was 28 years old and will be sorely missed.
Fans are encouraged to share their memories, photos of Mitch and condolences on the band’s official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SuicideSilence
A few more details that I found in a local newspaper report are after the jump.
From the Press-Enterprise.com:
Mitch Lucker, singer for the Riverside heavy metal band Suicide Silence, died Thursday morning, Nov. 1, after being in a motorcycle crash Wednesday night.
The Orange County coroner’s office said Lucker was pronounced dead at 6:17 a.m. Thursday at UCI Medical Center in Orange County.
Coroner’s officials said Lucker was hospitalized after a motorcycle accident shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday. Huntington Beach police were investigating the crash and expected to release details Thursday morning.
There was a time when this band meant a lot to me. They were one of THE progenitors of the deathcore movement, and they played a huge role in getting extreme metal more popular with a whole generation of young listeners.
R.I.P. Mitch Lucker.
Mitch Lucker and daughter Kenadee Isis Lucker
Right… to head off any of the comments…
This sucks. 28 is no time to go.
And no, just because SS aren’t very good is no reason to celebrate his death.
Similarly, he was not a ‘legend’ or ‘the man’. He was just some guy in a band.
Let’s not attack him, or praise him unduly, just because he’s dead.
Let us simply reflect that 28 is no time for a young man to die.
28 is no time to go indeed. No matter what you think of the band, bands like like this are essential to the health of heavy metal. Provides a gateway to lots oF people. RIP.
I adore Suicide Silence as a band. They brought a new light to the modern death metal scene, which was severely needed. Mitch had a vocal set that no death metal vocalist could match. I am 27 and the lead vocalist of a deathcore band myself. I also have a daughter about the same age as his. Mitch Lucker was a significant chunk of my inspiration and my heart goes out to his family, especially his young daugher. RIP Mitch.
I just added a photo of Mitch and his daughter at the end of the post.
This is sad, may he rest in peace. Condolences to the many, many people this man has impacted during his short lifetime.
Never liked SS music, but he was to young to go!!!!
Question now is, what happens to SS? He was such an integral part of their sound, I won’t be surprised if they simply call it quits from here.
Hard to imagine they could continue the band under the Suicide Silence name. He was the face of that band and I doubt fans would react very well if they found a new vocalist and tried to move on.
I really am not into these gentleman, but he was still a brother in metal and a human being. Hails and horns Mitch.
While this is a heartbreaking event, Mitch’s passing really shows the integrity of this community. Whether they like the band he was a part of or not, there has been overwhelming support and respect shown on this dark day. May Mitch’s memory live on in the character of this community forever.
Rest in Peace.
Everyone is saying he died on Halloween when he really died the next day November 1st 2012. We had lost a lot of great people that year hopefully we don’t lose to many more this year.