Ministry Guitarist Mike Scaccia Dies After Collapsing Onstage -
Ministry and former Rigor Mortis guitarist Mike Scaccia has died after collapsing onstage during a performance on Saturday (22nd December) night in Texas.
The 47 year old metal guitarist, who was also an accomplished blues and country musician, was performing as part of a 50th birthday concert for Rigor Mortis frontman Bruce Corbitt at the Rail Club in Fort Worth.
Scaccia's bandmate, Al Jourgensen, Ministry's lead singer, confirmed the news via Facebook yesterday,
"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."
The Fort Worth Star Telegram reports (via NME) that Scaccia died of a sudden heart attack brought on by a heart disease.