Suicide Silence: Fans crowd vigils for vocalist Mitch Lucker
Fans gathered in Riverside on Thursday night to remember Mitch Lucker, a vocalist for the heavy metal band Suicide Silence who was killed in a motorcycle accident in Huntington Beach.
The band posted a statement on its Facebook page Thursday morning reading, "There's no easy way to say this. Mitch passed away earlier this morning from injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident. This is completely devastating to all of us and we offer our deepest condolences to his family. He will be forever in our hearts."
Vigils were held at the accident site as well as at Back to the Grind in Riverside, where Lucker’s longtime friend Jacob Cato was hosting his monthly "Tattoo Artist Perception" show. Lucker was supposed to be at the show to model his tattoos.
"You made your mark. You touched people's lives across the world. You built a career from garage band dreams,” one banner at the Riverside event read, according to the Press-Enterprise.
Lucker, 28, who lived in Huntington Beach, was riding his black 2013 Harley-Davidson south on Main Street about 8:55 p.m. Wednesday when he hit a light pole near the intersection of 13th Street, authorities said. He apparently lost control of his vehicle and was thrown from it after hitting the pole, they said.
The motorcycle continued moving forward after Lucker was ejected and collided with a pickup truck that was traveling north on Main, officials said. The driver of the truck was not injured.
Police urged anyone who witnessed the motorcycle collision to call (714) 536-5666.
The band has released three albums -- 2007's "The Cleansing," 2009's "No Time to Bleed" and last year's "The Black Crown" -- and is described on the website of its record label, Century Media, as "the defining modern death metal band for a new generation."
On the website, Lucker is quoted describing the band's hard-core musical approach.
"This record just attacks, attacks, attacks," he said of the "Black Crown" album. "You're jumping up and down, or you're smashing something, or you're stomping something. It's simply unrelenting."
Lucker is at least the second heavy metal star to die in Huntington Beach in recent years; Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan, the drummer of Avenged Sevenfold, died of drug overdose at his home in 2009.
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