Mike Scaccia, best known for his guitar work with Ministry, Rigor Mortis and Revolting Cocks, has passed away at the age of 47 after suffering a seizure on stage.
The incident happened at the Rail Club in Fort Worth, Texas, last night whilst on stage with Rigor Mortis. Mike was taken to hospital after the audience were reportedly told: “It doesn’t look good.” He died soon afterwards.
Rigor Mortis and Warbeast vocalist Bruce Corbitt, who’d put on the event to celebrate his 50th birthday, posted on Facebook: “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.”
Mike Scaccia co-formed Rigor Mortis in 1983 and they released their acclaimed debut self-titled album six years later. He was invited to join Ministry as a touring member by mastermind Al Jourgensen in 1990. The tour went so well that he joined the industrial metal pioneers permanently. Scaccia appeared on Ministry’s Psalm 69 and Filth Pig albums before leaving the band.