Gordon Haskell (Ex-King Crimson) Passes Away

Former King Crimson bassist/vocalist Gordon Haskell has sadly passed away. He was 74 years old.

The news was confirmed via Haskell’s Facebook page:

“It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Gordon, a great musician and a wonderful person who will be sadly missed by so many.”

King Crimson also issued a statement:

“Gordon Haskell’s Facebook page is reporting that Gordon has died. His time in KC wasn’t a particularly happy part of his long career but his work on In The Wake Of Poseidon and in particular, Lizard is much admired in the Crimson community. There’s more about Gordon’s life & Crimson connections here.”

Former AC/DC Bassist Paul Matters Passes Away

Former AC/DC bassist Paul Matters has sadly passed away. The musician, who also previously performed in Armaggedon, joined AC/DC in 1975 following the recording of “High Voltage.” However, he was reportedly fired by the late Bon Scott several weeks later.

Matters’ friend Rod Wescombe commented:

“Shocked and sad to hear of the passing of Paul Matters.

I first met Paul in 1973 when he was playing bass in “Armageddon” at a gig in Hamilton,Newcastle N.S.W..

When I was living in Toronto he would drop into the house in the late hours to party and he loved to party.

In late ’75 after he departed AC/DC we played together in a one off band called ‘Miss Australia Band’ at a gig on a ferry on Lake Macquarie.

I moved to Sunshine on the lake further south and Paul would drop in to chill whenever he was in the area.

I recall he could always make me laugh when he was in the mood.

After leaving New South Wales I lost contact with him as did many other people over the years.

From all reports he lived a reclusive life in his later years and his early rock n’ roll life style led to ailing health.

He will be missed by all who knew him.
R.I.P. Mr. Paul Matters…..🎸”

Jesse Fink, author of the book “Bon: The Last Highway,” also tweeted the following:

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Legendary Van Halen Guitarist Eddie Van Halen Passes Away

Legendary Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen has sadly passed away following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 65 years old. According to TMZ, the guitarist died at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, CA earlier today (October 6) surrounded by his wife Janie, his son Wolfgang, and his brother Alex. Wolfgang issued the following statement:

“I can’t believe I’m having to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning. He was the best father I could ever ask for. Every moment I’ve shared with him on and off stage was a gift. My heart is broken and I don’t think I’ll ever fully recover from this loss. I love you so much, Pop.”

Trauma Vocalist Donny Hillier Passes Away

Trauma vocalist Donny Hillier has sadly passed away. The band issued the following statement:

“It is with immeasurable sadness that Trauma shares the news that our brother Donny Hillier passed away yesterday September 28, 2020 from a short illness. We are all grief stricken and send our deepest condolences to Donny’s family and will respect their wishes for privacy at this time. Donny was the voice of Trauma since the beginning in 1981 and will be a hard act to follow.”

Original Van Halen Bassist Mark Stone Passes Away

Original Van Halen bassist Mark Stone has sadly passed away following a battle with cancer. Stone performed alongside Eddie and Alex Van Halen in pre-Van Halen bands Genesis and Mammoth and was a member of Van Halen from 1972 to 1974. His brother Brad Stone issued a brief statement: “My beloved brother Mark passed this morning. #markstone #vanhalen #fanhalen”.

Former Trivium Bassist Brent Young Passes Away

Former Trivium bassist Brent Young has sadly passed away. Frontman Matt Heafy commented:

“We have just been given word on the passing of one of the early members of Trivium, Brent Young. Having had a couple wonderful years with Brent in the Florida local band scene, doing the Blue demo and ETI together, the very first European mini-tour and first USA tour together – I have nothing but amazing memories of a wonderful person. Our hearts and condolences go out to all of Brent’s family and friends.”

Former Ozzy Osbourne And Uriah Heep Drummer Lee Kerslake Passes Away

Former Ozzy Osbourne and Uriah Heep drummer Lee Kerslake has sadly passed away following a battle with cancer. He was 73 years old.

Uriah Heep’s Mick Box issued the following statement:

“Lee was one of the kindest men on earth, as well as being a brother he was an incredible drummer, singer and song writer! He had a passion for life bar none and was much loved by the fans, as well as anyone who crossed his path! Rock in peace my friend and say hi to David,Gary, John and Trevor for me! This picture says it all! Love Mick x”

Ozzy Osbourne also commented:

“It’s been 39 years since I’ve seen Lee but he lives for ever on the records he played on for me, Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman. Lee Kerslake RIP”

This news comes after Osbourne previously honored Kerslake’s wishes by presenting him with platinum album certifications for “Blizzard Of Ozz” and “Diary Of A Madman” in 2019.