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Mike Scaccia Dies Of Apparent Heart Attack On Stage In Forth Worth

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Rigor Mortis guitarist Mike Scaccia died in the very early hours of December 23, 2012 at the band's gig in Fort Worth celebrating the 50th birthday of singer Bruce Corbitt. Apparently, Scaccia passed out on stage during the performance and was found to have no pulse. No official cause of death has yet to be announced, but it appears to have been an apparent heart attack. Scaccia was 47.

In addition to co-founding Rigor Mortis, Scaccia also played with Ministry (including the latest LP "Relapse") and the Revolting Cocks.

In a post on his official Facebook page, singer Bruce Corbitt commented: "My brother is gone! The only reason I am who I am is because of this man. If it wasn't for him I wouldn't even be in a band. RIP Mike Scaccia! The greatest guitar player I ever knew!"

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1. WOLF7 writes:

Oh man... I'm wordless. Terrible news.

A Brilliant guitarist and a brilliant man, that's all I can say.

Rest In Peace, Sir.

# Dec 23, 2012 @ 8:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. deathbringer writes:

Best way to go - doing what you love with people who appreciate you. But way too young to go in the first place.

# Dec 23, 2012 @ 8:58 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. mikedeath writes:

rip mike

# Dec 23, 2012 @ 10:47 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. zMETALlica writes:

I agree deathbringer: best way to go - doing what you love, no pain, but still way too young...

# Dec 23, 2012 @ 11:19 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. silvermountains writes:

Huge loss to Metal! Rigor Mortis were set to make a comeback album and possible US tour. May his soul rest in peace!! He died doing what he loved! \m/

# Dec 23, 2012 @ 12:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Pantera1986 writes:

That's horrible. I was reading that he had a seizure caused by the strobe lights. He asked them to be turned off, but they didn't turn them off in time. Sad loss to the metal community. \m/

# Dec 23, 2012 @ 12:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Rex_84 writes:

I had a friend there who witnessed the whole thing. I was shocked when she sent me a message this morning telling me what happened. This happened on Bruce's 50th birthday party, too.

I met Mike the same night I met Bruce--at the Exhorder show. Although I've talked to Bruce much more than Mike, he seemed super cool and very nice. Of course, his guitar skills were phenomenal.

I don't know what else to say other than offer my condolences to Mike's friends, family and band mates.

# Dec 23, 2012 @ 1:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Cynic writes:

Oh man, RIP Mike - the metal world has lost one hell of a guitar player. I still remember the first time I heard Rigor Mortis, I specifically remembering thinking there was no way a song called "Wizard of Gore" could have music that was as awesome as the song title.

Pretty crushing considering they were working on a new Rigor Mortis album which I have no doubt was going to stun everyone! I hope they can pull a Voivod and release the album post-mortem.

Very sad, but he died doing what he loved and did greatest - a true legend.

# Dec 23, 2012 @ 2:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. MetalManic_joel writes:

Irony

# Dec 23, 2012 @ 2:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. BrianMN writes:

RIP metal bro.

# Dec 23, 2012 @ 4:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. boston blackie writes:

best way to go i get, but to croak in front of fans is not something i dont think anyone would want, blaze of glory i suppose but come on.
anyways \m/ to the guy

# Dec 23, 2012 @ 5:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. KMADD writes:

Pete Steele was the same age man thats only 5 years older than me. Kinda puts things in a different perspective esp with my health issues (hbp, lack of sleep). f*** RIP metal brother.

# Dec 23, 2012 @ 7:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Blindgreed1 writes:

Oh man... RIP Mike.

# Dec 24, 2012 @ 5:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. hellrat writes:

What?? jesus christ...two old school thrashers down in a matter of days??? goddamn...

Maybe the thrash world IS comin to an end?? The 'big shoddy four' shamelessly deciding to go on continuing to implode, whilst the REAL legends drop off like flies around the time of the 'end of the world'??? strange...

and i dont blame em one bit...they went out in style, much better than can be said about most all the rest \m/

condolences to Cyclops and immediate friends and fam

# Dec 24, 2012 @ 6:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. R10 writes:

Yea, this is pretty damned shocking... And I agree with an above poster, it totally wasn't the way to go out, in front of fans paying to see you perform... Anyways, condolences big-time to the mans family and friends! So sad, so young!

# Dec 24, 2012 @ 8:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Cr4wf0rdTxJ1ng0J4ng0 writes:

Damn...RIP...what a way to go tho...died with his guitar on...just like Dimebag...Rest in Peace man, you definitely contributed to mankind's musical evolution. Ministry is and always was amazing. Man. Bad news....

# Dec 24, 2012 @ 9:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Chocoholic writes:

Lost too many great musicians already. R.I.P \m/

# Dec 25, 2012 @ 8:29 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Rudy writes:

SHOCKED

# Dec 25, 2012 @ 11:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. wilco writes:

rip mike

# Dec 25, 2012 @ 1:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Mr Singh writes:

Rip my friend

# Dec 25, 2012 @ 3:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Borntomosh writes:

Sad days indeed. Glad I got to see Ministry back in 2003. RIP brother.

# Dec 29, 2012 @ 9:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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