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About a month ago, I spoke with Mitch Lucker for an article I was writing for the January issue of AP. The story was about musicians who ride Harley-Davidsons—sort of a “My Favorite Gear” column, but with motorcycles. It was no secret in this music scene that Lucker was an avid motorcycle rider, and he was more than willing to speak with me about his second favorite hobby. (The theme of the story all seems cruelly ironic now.) He was just an all-around nice guy—one of those rare interview subjects who makes my job so easy, like I’m just chatting with a friend. I was also struck by his passion, for music, motorcycles and his home state of California. [READ MORE]
Update: 2:23 p.m.
Nuclear Blast issued an official statement regarding Lucker’s death:
It is with great sadness and regret this morning that we have to report that Mitch Lucker, vocalist of SUICIDE SILENCE, passed away a few hours ago due to injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident.
NUCLEAR BLAST would like to offer our condolences to his family, friends, band members and fans worldwide who are affected by this loss.
He left us doing what he loved to do most. He was 28 years old and will be sorely missed.
Fans are encouraged to share their memories, photos of Mitch and condolences on the band’s official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SuicideSilence.
Mitch Lucker, lead singer of heavy metal band Suicide Silence, died early this morning after being in a motorcycle accident Wednesday night. He was 28. AP confirmed the news with Charles Elliott of Nuclear Blast Records, the label Suicide Silence are signed to.
According to an article fron The Press-Enterprise, Lucker was pronounced dead at 6:17 a.m. PT this morning at UCI Medical Center in Orange County, California. Lucker was hospitalized after a motorcycle accident shortly before 9 p.m. PT Wednesday. Huntington Beach police are investigating the crash.
Suicide Silence are part of the Monster Energy Outbreak tour, which was scheduled to kick off November 16.
Just four days ago, Lucker posted this photo on his Instagram of him riding his motorcycle down the highway. The caption read: Caught smashin on the 55 fwy last night by @00rjroyer00 good times