Published Oct 24, 2013Although details are still scarce, news has emerged that guitarist Mark Gibson of the Toronto-based '90s punk band the Almighty Trigger Happy has passed away.
This sad news has been tweeted by several members of the Ontario music scene. Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham wrote, "RIP to Mark Gibson from Trigger Happy. Such a rad guy," while Burlington's Burly Calling festival tweeted, "Our thoughts are with those close to Mark Gibson of The Almighty Trigger Happy and #RIPMarkGibson."
Toronto's Bovine Sex Club, a longtime employer of Gibson's wife Helen Birkette, also posted on Facebook, "Our thoughts are with Helen, and all of his friends and family, and anyone who was touched by his presence. R.I.P."
Speaking to Exclaim!, the venue's Darryl Fine explained that a cause of death has yet to be determined, as the coroner details are not yet available. However, Gibson reportedly died in his sleep.
The Almighty Trigger Happy — sometimes known simply as Trigger Happy — formed in the early '90s and released three albums. Their music came out on labels like Sonic Unyon and Bad Taste Records, and a label biography notes that they were briefly signed to A&M Records.
Their final album, 1999's I Hate Us, was later reissued with bonus material as I Hate Us Even More. The band reunited briefly in 2003 and 2004.
Gibson also played in the original incarnation of Monster Voodoo Machine. After Trigger Happy's breakup, he continued to play music. In recent years, he and his wife Helen played in the punk rock band Brooklyn Fletcher.
Gibson is survived by Helen and his 11-year-old son.
UPDATE: Funeral arrangements for Mark Gibson have now been announced, with a visitation to be held Monday (October 28) at Toronto's Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel (2357 Bloor Street W.) and the funeral on Tuesday (October 29) at Christ the Good Shepherd Ukrainian Catholic Church (182 Sixth Street) at 11 a.m. EST.