Ministry Guitarist Mike Scaccia Dead at 47

> Dec 24 2012

Ministry Guitarist Mike Scaccia Dead at 47
By Josiah HughesToday marks a sad one for fans of industrial legends Ministry, as guitarist Mike Scaccia (also of Rigor Mortis) has passed away at the age of 47.

As Rolling Stone reports, Scaccia was performing onstage in Fort Worth, TX, on Saturday night (December 22) as part of a 50th birthday celebration for Rigor Mortis frontman Bruce Corbitt. Scaccia collapsed onstage and was quickly taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.

According to the medical examiner, Scaccia died from a sudden heart attack brought on by heart disease. Other sources have noted that Scaccia had requested for the club to turn off their strobe lights, and that he possibly suffered a seizure during the performance.

Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen released the following statement:

I just lost my lil' brother and my best friend – the 13th Planet compound is devastated, completely in shock and shattered. Mikey was not only the best guitar player in the history of music, but he was a close, close, close part of our family – and I just lost a huge chunk of my heart today. Our lives are forever changed. Life without Mikey is like orange juice without pulp – kind of bland. I have no words to express what this guy meant to me, my family, my career. . . . everything! ... Rest in peace my brother, my friend, my heart. Please pray for Mike Scaccia and Jenny, his wife and their children, and his family.

An on again, off again member of Ministry, Scaccia most recently made an appearance on the band's comeback album Relapse.

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This is horrible news. My thoughts go out to Scaccia's family and band mates. Ministry is a band that has always seemed real to me. No matter what was going on in music trends they always produced original kick ass music that stood the test of time. Just feeling sad.
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Yeah this is very sad. I'm from Irving TX & have been acquaintances with him for a long time. Probably since the late 80's & while we were never truly friends, he'd always take time to talk to me & tell me what was going on in his life & talk guitar & stuff. Hell, this guy could've easily given me the high sign like many rock stars do cuz who am I? But he always remembered me & was very kind & humble. It really is a loss. Mike was just a humble guy & an awesome guitarist. He'll be missed.
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