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Ministry guitarist Mike Scaccia dies at 47 after collapsing onstage

Mike Scaccia, the guitarist for Ministry and Rigor Mortis, died on Saturday night at the age of 47. Scaccia was performing onstage at the Rail Club in Fort Worth, Texas, as part of a 50th birthday celebration for Rigor Mortis singer Bruce Corbitt, when he collapsed after having a seizure. Shortly afterwards, he was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Scaccia had reportedly asked for the strobe lights in the club to be turned off during the performance moments before he collapsed with a seizure, according to the rock blog

Scaccia was born in Babylon, New York, on July 14th, 1965, and formed thrash metallists Rigor Mortis in 1983. Six years later, the guitarist was invited by Al Jourgensen to join Ministry. The first full-length Ministry studio recording to feature Scaccia was the group’s most commercially successful release, 1992’s Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs, which spawned such industrial metal classics as “N.W.O.” and “Jesus Built My Hotrod,” and was supported by an appearance on Lollapalooza that same year.

On Corbitt’s Facebook page, the singer posted the following statement shortly after Scaccia’s passing: “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 Scaccia! The greatest guitar player I ever knew!”


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    Brilliant musician, great guy. R.I.P. Mike.
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    Rest in peace ♥
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    Oh wow, that’s awful. RIP
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