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The Metal Community Pays Tribute To Michelle Meldrum

Black Label Society lead singer/ guitarist Zakk Wylde has posted the following message regarding the recent death of Meldrum leader Michelle Meldrum:

"I cannot believe this. Michelle was like a sister to me and all of the Black Label camp. I remember the first show that Meldrum played with us. The whole band was so great, but Michelle was the guitarist, so we talked shop all the time. She was loving and you could always talk to her about any problems you have, so caring.

God has a guitar-ripping angel in his house now.

God bless you, Michelle. You will be missed and thought of every time I set foot onstage."

Legendary drummer Gene Hoglan has also commented on Michelle's passing:

"I'm in Australia as I write this, doing those clinics, and they're going well. But, I'm not here to talk about that. These are the blackest days of my life...

"I just lost my sister and best friend, Michelle. I can't believe this complete agony. I am lost and broken-hearted. I wouldn't be where I am today if it weren't for you, Michelle. Your friendship has meant the world to me, since we were teenagers. I can't believe you're gone. I would switch places with you in one second if I could. For you, for Jake, for your Mom and Bob, who are my family, too.

"I am so fortunate to have had you in my life, especially these last couple of years, when we got to re-connect and kick ass together. Your strength through copious adversity has been such an inspiration to me, you'll never know.

"And now you're gone...

"I can't believe that you're not gonna be there when I get home. I just can't believe that. You've been my rock, my confidant, my warrior-sister. Having you in my life has brought me such joy, and I know you know that.

"But you're gone...why? WHY?

"I've had so many conversations in my head and out loud with you these past few days, willing you to get better, pleading with the powers-that-be for a miracle that was not to be. You are now, and forever will be, right be my side. But I wish I could hear your voice again. I wish you would make me laugh again, like you were always amazing at doing. I wish you would just talk back to me for real. Even just one more time.

"I love you with all my heart, and I will miss you like no other. This world is a darker place for your passing. My heart is with you and your family. My family.

"Peace be with you, my wonderful friend.

Gene "

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