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Former X Japan And Loudness Bassist Taiji Sawada Passes Away

Although the circumstances have yet to be revealed, former X Japan and Loudness bass player Taiji Sawada has reportedly passed away. He was 45 years old. The past week, Sawada had been involved in some controversy, after he was arrested on July 11th "for interference with a flight attendant" due to an incident on a plane en route from Japan to Saipan. He then attempted suicide three days later, (July 14th,) over the incident, for which he was allegedly facing federal charges in the United States. It is not yet known if these instances are related to his death.

Taiji Sawada played for the Japanese heavy metal band X Japan from 1985 to 1992, during which time he recorded three albums with group before creative differences forced him to leave and join fellow countrymen Loudness, with whom he appeared on their self-titled 1992 album, as well as their live record, "Once And For All."

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1. M.Romeo writes:

We still love you. You are the greatest rock bassist ever.

R.I.P TAIJI

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2. endstille writes:

wtf

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3. Puppet Eyes writes:

I always felt that Heath was a much better bassist for X Japan, but I have a lot of respect for Taiji. He will always be a big part of X Japan's history. May he Rest In Peace. He will be missed.

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4. Nunya writes:

GOD DAMMIT BASSISTS!!!

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5. -Metal_Rapture- writes:

RIP to one of the biggest influences from the land of the rising sun.

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6. ZMA writes:

RIP

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7. Rychemn writes:

R.I.P.......\M/..\M/

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8. Jenny writes:

"The past week, Sawada had been involved in some controversy, after he was arrested on July 11th...He then attempted suicide three days later"

:( Man. Lots was going on around and inside of him. It makes me sad to think of the pain he felt; and I hope his death wasn't related to these things but chances are they probably are. Sad news.

RIP Taiji Sawada \m/

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9. Police Brutality? writes:

There's more to this than meets the eye.

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10. weresanctuary writes:

This really sucks! Can we just get news about our favorite musical artists that does not include them being dead? PLEASE?????????

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11. metal-man writes:

r.i.p.

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12. thadeus writes:

All this death sh** sucks!RIP metal brother.

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13. wilco writes:

rip brother you will be miised lucky i did see him play in holland

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