Guitarist Mike Scaccia dead at 47

Ministry, Rigor Mortis musician collaped on stage in Texas

Guitarist Mike Scaccia, who played with bands including Ministry, Rigor Mortis and Revolting Cocks, collapsed onstage Saturday night in Fort Worth, Texas, and died. He was 47.

He was performing at a birthday celebration for Rigor Mortis singer Bruce Corbitt at the Rail Club when he reportedly had a seizure. He was taken to a hospital and was pronounced dead.

Born in Babylon, N.Y., Scaccia formed metal band Rigor Mortis in 1983 and was considered a formative part of the Texas thrash metal scene. He joined Ministry six years later, appearing on its successful 1992 release “Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs.” He appeared on recordings by several bands that sprung out of Ministry, including the Revolting Cocks, Lard and Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters and appeared on this year’s Ministry album “Relapse.”

Corbitt’s Facebook page posted a statement reading “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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