Loudness Drummer Munetaka Higuchi Passes Away
Munetaka Higuchi, drummer for Japanese heavy metal band Loudness, passed away yesterday in Osaka, Japan yesterday morning. He was 49 years old. He had been diagnosed with Hepatocellular Carcinoma in April of this year and undergone two rounds of chemotherapy treatment and an operation to remove part of his liver.
Higuchi himself posted the following message online, twelve days before his death: "It has been half a year since I was diagnosed with liver cancer. I am really sorry that the fans are worried. The cancer has become worse despite the fact that I have been taking care of my health, and I will need more time for my treatment. [Even after undergoing the] big operation to remove half of my liver, I still need more treatment. There are various risks and dangers involved with my condition, but I'll do my best to keep my spirits up and maintain my physical strength to fight this illness. I know it is still the middle of my treatment, but I just wanted inform you about my progress since the operation. Thank you very much for all the support."
Loudness was formed in 1981 by Higuchi and guitarist Akira Takasaki and were the first Japanese heavy metal act to be signed in the United States. The band have released over twenty studio albums to date, seven live albums and twelve compilation albums. The bands most recent gig was supporting Motley Crue in October of this year at Greater Tokyo Area's Saitama Super Arena.
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