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MINISTRY, RIGOR MORTIS - Mike Scaccia Passes Away

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Guitarist Mike Scaccia who is best known for his work with Ministry, thrashers Rigor Mortis and industrialists Revolting Cocks passed away aged 47. As stated by Blabbermouth Scaccia was performing with Rigor Mortis at The Rail Club in Fort Worth, Texas at the 50th-birthday celebration for Rigor Mortis singer Bruce Corbitt when the frontman reportedly asked for the strobe lights to be turned off moments before the guitarist collapsed onstage and could not be revived. He was taken to the emergency room at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, where he was pronounced dead at 12:26 a.m., according to the medical examiner. Bruce Corbitt stated: "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 — the greatest guitar player I ever knew. I'm proud to say that I was always Mike Scaccia's biggest fan, and always will be."
Ministry stated: "Michael Ralph Scaccia... Our dearest friend. We love you. We miss you. God rest your precious soul. We cannot fathom this loss."

In 1989, Scaccia was asked by Al Jourgensen to join his band Ministry for their 1989-1990 "The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste" tour. Jourgensen was so impressed by Scaccia's talents that he included him into the band full time. Scaccia left Rigor Mortis in 1991 and went on to record and tour for Ministry's next album, the platinum-selling smash Psalm 69 throughout 1992. He also recorded Ministry's follow-up effort, Filth Pig, before leaving the band in 1996. In early 2003, Scaccia reformed Rigor Mortis and around the same time rejoined Ministry on the road in support of their Animositisomina album. He left Ministry again in 2006 but rejoined Jourgensen in the studio and on the road in support of the band's latest album, Relapse. He left behind his wife Jenny Rowen Scaccia and two daughters Sarah Scaccia and Taarna Scaccia Hopkins. In video below you can watch the interview with Mike Scaccia on 20th July 2012 before Ministry concert in London. Link