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Frank Watkins (Gorgoroth/Ex-Obituary) Dies At Only 47 After Long Battle With Cancer

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Former Obituary bassist Frank Watkins (also known as Bøddel of Gorgoroth) passed away after a long battle with cancer. He was only 47-years-old.

Watkins joined Obituary in 1989, after the band's debut album "Slowly We Rot", and recorded with them "Cause Of Death" in 1990. Obituary broke up in 1997 and reteamed again in 2003.

Watkins stayed with the group through the recording of 2009's album "Darkest Day". In 2010 Frank Watkins left Obituary on acrimonious terms and was replaced by Terry Butler.

Comments Obituary on its Facebook-site: "Just got the very sad news that Frank passed away this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family...."

Just got the very sad news that Frank passed away this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family....

Posted by Obituary on Sunday, October 18, 2015

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1. Blindgreed1 writes:

Damn, just talked to him the last time Obituary came through town RIP brother.

# Oct 19, 2015 @ 1:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Drum_Junkie writes:

The first show I played opening up for a national act was Obituary way back in '97. They were touring on their Back from the Dead album and hit OKC in November (23rd, I think). The place (then called Bricktown Live) was a sh|tty hole in the wall. I remember going across the street to a small diner and they were in there. You could tell they were dog a$$ tired. Frank especially looked about '6 seconds shy of fvck it'. Some people wanted to get autographs and talk. The Tardy's were talking with the fans even though they were exhausted. Frank just sat there slowly eating his food as if he was the only person there. I mean no disrespect here, its just the way it was. Later that evening, it was time for Obituary's set. The stage was too small for a backline, so they had to load in, set up and play. Donald needed a rug for his kit as the stage was bare plywood. I had a 6x8 piece of carpet I used for my own set and offered it up. There was no big sound check. just get the levels close and go with it. When they started playing, it was like a switch was flipped. The sound was crushing, raw, and menacing. The stage presence was towering. Frank was a big part of the sound and image that night. His low end was thick and rattled every crack in that run down building. His game face was a permanent scowl with piercing eyes that stared across the top of the crowd. On that tiny stage, the headstock of his bass was a thing to be feared and respected. It was one of the most powerful concert experiences I've witnessed and still sticks in my mind nearly 20 years later.

RIP Frank... \m/\m/

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3. I'm not Jesus Christ writes:

R.I.P. Frank, I'm glad I got to see you when you were in Obituary. Thanks for all the awesome music you gave us.

And f*** you, cancer!

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4. I am not Jesus Christ either writes:

R.I.P.

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