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American Head Charge Guitarist Found Dead?

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AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE guitarist Bryan Ottoson is rumored to have been found dead in his bunk earlier today prior to the band's scheduled appearance at the Plex in North Charleston, SC. An official word on the matter is expected shortly.

AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE were in the middle of a U.S. tour with MUDVAYNE, LIFE OF AGONY and BLOODSIMPLE in support of their new album, "The Feeding", available on Nitrus/DRT. The follow-up to 2001's "The War of Art" (American Recordings) was recorded at Westlake Studios in Los Angeles with producer Greg Fidelman (who engineered "The War of Art", and whose credits include MARILYN MANSON, SLIPKNOT, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS and BUSH).

Hailing from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the six members of AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE garnered both commercial and critical acclaim with "The War of Art", which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's "Heatseekers" chart. Intensive, high-profile touring followed, including Ozzfest 2002, cementing the band's reputation as a killer live act.

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1. Gonz0 writes:

Is this true?????

# Apr 19, 2005 @ 10:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. brokenwings13 writes:

I'm not sure, my radio hasn't reported it yet, I've heard nothing from my side of things, so I'm not sure.

If it's true, that's a shame, they were supposed to play in Lubbock next Friday.

# Apr 19, 2005 @ 10:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. CorrosiveMind writes:

wow, this is sad if this is true, i just saw them like a week ago in philly, if it is true may he rest in peace...

# Apr 19, 2005 @ 11:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. RememberMetal? writes:

Sad. a pretty good band too, though I know little of them and have never seen them live, i have a copy of "the war of art".....I have read of some pretty rampant drug use (yes, i know thats as common as stds on a belgian hooker) in this band in a bevy of magazines so if thats the cause i wont be too surprised.

# Apr 19, 2005 @ 11:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. die hard AMC fan writes:

Yes, Its true:(
I live in kissimme florida, 10 min. away from House Of Blues . AMC was suppost to play with Mudvayne tomarrow and the radio has clamed him dead. 2000's industrial scene basicly rested in The war of art and now its all over due to this tragic event. I can only pray this is a false rumor but they DID claim him dead. No words on the cause of death yet, hopefully its not an OD due to the fact so many people in this business have. Theres my 2 cents. I hope his life was not full of sin, i look forward to seein him again.

R.I.P.

# Apr 20, 2005 @ 12:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. XxREEPERxX writes:

Yes, it is true! I was there and will be giving an update shortly!

# Apr 20, 2005 @ 12:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. liquid_pryo9 writes:

i can't believe this i just saw them at the philly show on the 9th and he was as lively as anyone there. i want to know how he died.

# Apr 20, 2005 @ 1:12 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. sk writes:

i just heard it was an OD

# Apr 20, 2005 @ 6:25 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. sk writes:

The web site of the Plex concert venue in North Charleston, SC, where AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE were due to perform Tuesday night (April 19) with MUDVAYNE, LIFE OF AGONY and BLOODSIMPLE, has been updated with the following message:

"The MUDVAYNE show scheduled tonight 4/19/05 had to be postponed due to the tragic death of a member of AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE. The new show date will be scheduled within the next few days. You will be notified of the new date and all tickets will be honored at that time.

"The Plex would like to extend our sympathy to the members of AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE for their tragic loss, and thank all guests for their understanding during this situation."

As previously reported, AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE guitarist Bryan Ottoson was reportedly found dead in his bus bunk earlier today prior to the band's scheduled appearance in North Charleston, SC. An official word on the matter is expected shortly.

# Apr 20, 2005 @ 6:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. james wade writes:

dimi

# Apr 20, 2005 @ 8:25 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Myke writes:

Oh man this sucks

# Apr 20, 2005 @ 9:14 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. reyrey writes:

damn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

# Apr 20, 2005 @ 10:07 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. MULLET KILL writes:

I was at the show, he is dead and the show was cancelled. They said he died from an overdose.

# Apr 20, 2005 @ 10:14 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. MaggotArmy666 writes:

this f***in sucks this is the worst news since dimebags death ahhn motherf***er

# Apr 20, 2005 @ 1:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Merz writes:

thats really sad. i really liked them and i was so sad that i missed them playing with mudvayne. now i really wish i woulda seen them. they were cool. they were really nice guys too. hmm. damn shame.

# Apr 20, 2005 @ 2:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. brie writes:

this is so f***in sad i hate to see someone go like this

# Apr 20, 2005 @ 3:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Savage writes:

I used to work with Brian, he was my manager at Blockbuster for a few years, and I actually rolled with headcharge. Now, while I was never a fan of theirs, I thought Brian was awesome and am bummed by this.

# Apr 20, 2005 @ 4:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. too bad writes:

was brian the tall guy or the short guy

# Apr 20, 2005 @ 5:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Purge writes:

f*** i wish i had seen them a few weeks ago in worcester. damn what a tragedy, this band had a lot of potential. hopefully the other members will keep on making music.

# Apr 20, 2005 @ 5:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Kevin writes:

I love AHC, and its really sad Bryan died. I saw those guys on the Otep tour....I got to meet Cameron but sadly didnt get to meet the rest of them, if Bryan is anything like Cam. im sure he was a great guy, wish i could have met him. R.I.P Bryan \M/

# Apr 20, 2005 @ 5:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. too fucking bad writes:

i also seen them on the otep tour and they killed,no pun intended. met one of them but didnt know if it was brian or not. was the the tall guitar player or the short one?

# Apr 20, 2005 @ 5:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Lyle writes:

I just saw them like 2 weeks ago ago in philly... and they put on a f***ing amazing show.... i evan got a concusion in the pit.... i send my sorrow to his family and bandmates.... they lost more then a preformer... a friend and family member... RIP Bryan Ottoson...

# Apr 20, 2005 @ 6:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. dominate writes:

that f***in sucks. American Head Charge is a pretty kick a** band.
R.I.P.

# Apr 20, 2005 @ 7:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. ora writes:

this sucks. im a pretty new fan of the amc. its sad i didnt hear of them befor last year.

# Apr 20, 2005 @ 9:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Negatyve_One writes:

Man it does blow. Ive been an AHC fan for quite a long time. He was part of their new lineup that came with the feeding. Tragic incident :(

# Apr 20, 2005 @ 10:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. parasite_147 writes:

They were among my fav bands and this is a terrible blow to me personally. The new album was amazing just as the old one was and this sucks.... But they are all drug addicts..lay off the drugs guys...for your fans sake.

# Apr 21, 2005 @ 7:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. BiGG Perm writes:

wow, interesting

# Apr 21, 2005 @ 10:12 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. Savage writes:

Brian was the short one.

# Apr 21, 2005 @ 4:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. Big Steve writes:

I met Bryan on the Coal Chamber Tour in '01 and then just saw AHC @jaxx (in feb') and then last week @ 9:30 club (dc).He was a lot of fun to hangout and had a great sense of humor.He was one of those people that even if you just met him he made you feel like a life long friend.He will be missed!!! I just hope the AHC will carry on...RIP Bryan...

# Apr 21, 2005 @ 4:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. Diluted writes:

I just saw them on the 13th of april at the 9:30 club they palyed an awsome set this is very sad news to hear may he rest in peace.

# Apr 21, 2005 @ 5:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. Cherk writes:

This just sucks That he had to die. I was looking forward in seeing them when they came with Mudvayne. this friday. Sad, Sad, Sad. WHY ARE ALL THESE GUITARIST DYING. This world isn't fair. But nothing is fair

# Apr 25, 2005 @ 2:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. jon writes:

I just got into American Head charge right before Brian's death. It reallys sucks that this happened to the band. but i do think they said they would continue as a band and possibly on the tour. i don't know that's what the website said

# Apr 28, 2005 @ 11:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. Diabolus writes:

Just saw American Head Charge with Mudvayne in L.A. on 5/3...They kicked ass...second only to Mudvayne's appearance who as usual was phenominal...

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