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Gruntruck and Skin Yard Vocalist Benjamin Scott McMillan Succumbs To Diabetes

After a eight-year battle with diabetes, Benjamin Scott McMillan, legendary vocalist for GRUNTRUCK and SKIN YARD, died in his hometown of Seattle, Washington at age 47.

Complications from a related blood-clotting disease are said to have worsened his diabetic condition, which was severe.

The survivng members of GRUNTRUCK, as well as other Seattle rock luminaries, are planning an assortment of tributes and memorial projects in his name; details to follow.

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. MonkeySponge writes:

Live on brother!!!!!! You shall not be forgotten!

# Jan 28, 2008 @ 7:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Mark Vincent writes:

I know "grunge" is long since gone.......at least to most people......but Gruntruck were awesome....he will be missed.

# Jan 28, 2008 @ 8:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. edge-dj writes:

wow. growing up in seattle, I remember thinking those guys were going to hit it big. was disappointeed they never did- R.I.P. Benj, you will not be forgotten.

# Jan 28, 2008 @ 8:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Bastard_Of_Bodom writes:

R.I.P dude, rest easy and keep it brutal

# Jan 28, 2008 @ 9:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Kalis_wrath writes:

Wow! That is the first Wa news on this site since I became a member here. As a Washigtonian my heart goes out to the family, fans and friends. R.i.p Scott! Never had the pleasure of hearing their music, but have heard its good stuff.

# Jan 28, 2008 @ 10:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. hadie_ writes:

R.I.P man, i will never forgett you.

# Jan 29, 2008 @ 7:54 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Red_Chord writes:

What a horrible way to go. My thoughts goes to him and his family and friends

# Jan 29, 2008 @ 9:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. CrawfordTexasJingoJango writes:

Whoa...Rest in peace.

# Jan 29, 2008 @ 11:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. wear666 writes:

man every one is like dieing all of a suden its like totally tagic man hopfully he'll go were he wants
R.I.P.

# Jan 29, 2008 @ 2:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Kalis_wrath writes:

Wear666, your not going to say it was the government who killed Ben? Wow! Whats the sudden change? Figure out governments dont kill musicians?

# Jan 29, 2008 @ 4:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. rk writes:

damn talk about a blast from the past! Sad to hear that dude died f*** i liked all that stuff back in the day.

# Jan 29, 2008 @ 4:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Dark_Funeral writes:

sh** dude i didnt know diabetes could actually kill people!
r.i.p

# Jan 29, 2008 @ 9:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Kalis_wrath writes:

The c*** that is my Mothers Mother (wont call her Grandma or Nanna) died of diabeties. Some go into diebetic shock and that will kill them or in my Mothers Mothers case it was diabeties, obesity and a lack of keeping a decent diet. When people die of diabetic shock its usually because insulin is not administered quick enough. You can also go into a diabetic coma. Its no joke people and new studies are showing that obise people who have diabetes can loose weight and it will save their life. Some doctors suggest lap ban surgury is the best and most effective way to go.

# Jan 29, 2008 @ 9:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Beaux510 writes:

Ben started out as my hero and ended up as my friend. Gruntruck was good but his first band SKINYARD was better. SY was made up of Ben, Jack Endino (producer of nirvana's Bleach), Matt Cameron (Soundgarden) and Daniel House(CZ Records). For those interested, look up the albums 1000 SMILING KNUCKLES or FIST SIZED CHUNKS. They just plain rock.

He was one of those legendary, hardcore personalities that most expected to burn out long before this. I'm going to miss the sh** out of that tough little bastard. Howl on through the netherworld Ben!

Anyone interested in reading a little more can visit my Myspace blog page.

http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog&Mytoken=19D58D84-1342-402B-BCF6E1BC7773026D107758714

# Jan 30, 2008 @ 7:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. ! writes:

yep.that sucks.lost my granny and my little brother to diabetes.they said he wouldn't see 18. wasn't fat either.6-4,190. he lived til he was 41. got married, and had 4 great kids. diabetes is nothing to take lightly. can happen to anyone.even if it doesn't run in your family. take care people. literally.

# Jan 30, 2008 @ 10:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Kalis_wrath writes:

The trick is to just be smart. My Mothers Mother was the type of idiot to eat an entire package of Oreos in one day. Stupid b**** drove herself to death. Just as she drove my uncle to death. God I am glad that c*** is dead! I am sad diabetes took Ben, but damn glad it took my Mothers Mother.

# Feb 2, 2008 @ 10:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. k69 writes:

said i do not like this band i like slipknot, dakota faster is right slipknot rules

# Feb 8, 2008 @ 1:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. K69 writes:

you cant take now Kalis_Wrath what now slipknot rules.

# Feb 12, 2008 @ 10:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. wear666 writes:

man everyone is dieing and you never know some one from slipknot might be next ( hopfully not thow)

# Feb 14, 2008 @ 2:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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