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Meldrum Leader and Ex-Phantom Blue Guitarist Michelle Meldrum Passes Away

On May 18, Michelle Meldrum, leader of the band Meldrum and former Phantom Blue guitarist, was rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank in critical condition. She passed away late afternoon Wednesday, May 21, 2008 as a result of a cystic growth on her brain that had restricted oxygen and blood flow to her brain rendering her brain dead.

Meldrum had just completed writing and recording the band's soon to be released album with drummer Gene Hoglan, along with the new lineup including Michele Madden (vocals) and Laura Christine (bass). The surviving band members plan to release the album later this year in tribute to their fallen band-mate.

Those who knew Michelle recognize that she lived every moment for the music, and was regarded as both an exceptional guitarist and a nurturer by her associates, friends, family and son.

Meldrum, 39 is survived by her parents and three year old son, Jake Thomas. Her family and band members appreciate all the support that has been shown over the past few days through this trying time. A memorial tribute benefit will be announced in the following weeks.

Michelle Meldrum was born on Sept 28, 1968 in Detroit, Michigan to a family of musicians and actors. At 13, Meldrum moved to Los Angeles, California and started her career in music by forming the thrash metal band WARGOD with drummer Gene Hoglan (DARK ANGEL, DEATH, and STRAPPING YOUNG LAD). When WARGOD disbanded Meldrum continued her search for a band and become both co-founder and lead guitarist in all girl metal/rock band PHANTOM BLUE. PHANTOM BLUE released their self-titled debut album on Shrapnel Records as well as Roadrunner Records, and eventually landed a deal with major label Geffen.

Once PHANTOM BLUE disbanded after a successful run at fame, Michelle Meldrum moved to Sweden and formed her current band MELDRUM. After many triumphant tours with such acts as MOTÖRHEAD and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, she reunited with Hoglan in 2006. Hoglan had appeared as a special guest on the MELDRUM album prior and played several events. Inspired to once again collaborate, Meldrum moved back to America where she and Hoglan began writing the aforementioned third MELDRUM album together.

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1. ChiefStubbs writes:

Damn, what a way to go. Pour one out, yo.

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2. Burnt writes:

man that sucks, this chick could really play

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3. Detmetal20 writes:

Being from my hometown, I am going to have to drank one for ya.

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4. Kalis_wrath writes:

I feel the familys pain. Rest in peace Sister!

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5. Glen Poole writes:

I was shocked and saddened by Michelle's passing, my codolences to all who knew and loved her and her music. Bless you sister in heaven.

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6. fuck this shit writes:

when are poeple stop dying to many metal comrads have died in the last years

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7. Chued writes:

RIP

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8. Foyvirus writes:

I saw this band open up for Black Label Society a few years ago, I talked to Michelle for a few minutes after the show by their CD/merch table. She seemed to be very cool, very disarming kind of person. Not to mention she could shred a guitar. My thoughts are with her family.

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9. S.D.M.F. Worldwide writes:

R.I.P.

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10. Blindgreed1 writes:

RIP Michi. Go shred with Dime.

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11. cate writes:

feel bad for the family. RIP

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12. Dead_Man_Walking writes:

Awful news.

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13. feckineejit writes:

another metaler dies - so sad. RIP Meldrum!

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14. xSlipknotxMaggotx writes:

Metal is off to a bad start this year.
A lot of metal-heads are dying. :(
R.I.P.

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