American Head Charge Issue Statement On Guitarist Bryan Ottoson's Death
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AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE have issued their first statement to the press following the death of guitarist Bryan Ottoson on April 19 in North Charleston, SC. The group's statement reads as follows:
"The music world has lost a great guitarist and an even greater person with the death of our dear friend Bryan Ottoson.
"Bryan was a vital member of our group and a key songwriter on 'The Feeding'. It is our intention to honor his memory by re-joining MUDVAYNE, one of Bryan's favorite bands, on their current tour. Words cannot convey the depth of our sadness, but we want our fans to be able to hear the music Bryan loved so much. He'd be pissed if we didn't continue on. We will return on the Lubbock, TX date on April 29th."
Bryan's surviving brother, Chad Ottoson, added: "The Ottoson family firmly stands behind AHC's decision to carry on in Bryan's name."
A public memorial service for Bryan is forthcoming. More information will be made available soon.
As previously reported, Ottoson died from overdosing on prescription drugs, according to MTV.com. Police said that a bottle containing "numerous amounts of prescription medicine" was found in the 27-year-old Ottoson's bunk after his body was discovered before a show in North Charleston, South Carolina. Ottoson's bandmates told police that they had last seen the guitarist alive at 4:00 a.m. as the band was departing Jessup, Maryland for South Carolina, and that he had consumed large amounts of alcohol at a Jessup bar the prior evening.
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