Mark “The Shark” Shelton (Manilla Road) has passed away at the age of 60. No cause of death is available at this time. R.I.P.
Singer Bryan Patrick commented:
“I’m very sorry to announce today that my longtime brother and best friend since 1981 has passed through the Halls Of Valhalla,” Patrick wrote. “Mark W. Shelton, may you rest in peace!
“There will be more information within the next couple of days. There will be a GoFundMe page set up in order to get Mark back home to his family.
“My heart is shattered. Please take time today to love your loved ones and hold them close.”
The band also issued statement:
“It is with a very heavy heart that we announce the passing of Mark ‘The Shark’ Shelton, founder and guitarist of Manilla Road.
“We are asking for help from our worldwide group of brothers and sisters to bring Mark’s body back to his family in Wichita, Kansas in the USA and to pay his hospital expenses which must be done before we can bring him home.
“Mark died in Germany following the Headbangers Open Air festival. The cost of bringing him home and his hospital bills are more than the band or his family has ready. Please donate to help Mark’s family, any amount will help. Any funds raised beyond our goal will be given directly to his family to help with the additional expenses which will arise from Mark’s death.
“Thank you for your generosity and may the lords of light be with you!”