Published Oct 06, 2009Sad news to report from the world of metal: Mike Alexander, the bassist of UK thrash outfit Evile, has died suddenly while on a European tour. The band had just started a string of live shows with Amon Amarth when Alexander took ill and was taken to hospital, where he passed away in Lulea, Sweden, on Monday (October 5). He was 32.
The cause of death has yet to be announced, but Evile members Matt Drake, Ol Drake and Ben Carter have released the following statement:
This is so hard to find the words to express fully how we feel. We can't believe or accept what's happened. One minute we're talking to our buddy, Mike, the next minute we can never speak to him again.
There's so many things rushing through our heads that we want to say, do and feel. We half expect him to come round the corner and call us "dickheads." We can't get our heads around it.
It upsets us so much that he was away from his family when this happened, although knowing Mike, we're at least glad he was on tour doing what he loves.
We're lost for words. We all miss him so much already. He was such a headstrong, genuinely nice guy who loved music and his family. We've got so many brilliant memories with him.
Our hearts go out to his daughter, family and friends at this tragic, difficult time.
Mike is much loved and is sorely missed.
Rest in peace, brother.
Evile's last album was the recently released Infected Nations.