This is intense news. Moments after writing about his Halloween costume, I was forwarded a link to this page which reports that the Suicide Silence frontman was killed in a motorcycle accident last night. He was pronounced dead at 6:17 a.m. this morning at UCI Medical Center in Orange County. He was checked into the hospital around 9pm last night.
Mitch was a friend of Metal Injection and leaves behind a daughter, Kenadee Lucker. Our thoughts are with his band, friends and family. Despite what your thought on the guy's band is, he had a family and was a human being. Please don't be a jackass in the comments.
UPDATE: Suicide Silence just released an official statement on their Facebook page:
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.
R.I.P. Mitchell Adam Lucker – We Love You Brother
We have a posted a roundup of musicians leaving their condolences to Mitch right here.
Nuclear Blast echoed the band's statement with one of their own:
It is with great sadness and regret this morning that we have to report that Mitch Lucker, vocalist of SUICIDE SILENCE, passed away a few hours ago due to injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident.
NUCLEAR BLAST would like to offer our condolences to his family, friends, band members and fans worldwide who are affected by this loss.
He left us doing what he loved to do most. He was 28 years old and will be sorely missed.
The Gauntlet tracked down the below photo of Mitch on his bike a few days before the crash, snapped by a fan:
Update: We now know how the accident happened:
According to the Los Angeles Times, the singer struck a light pole near the intersection of Main and 13th streets and was thrown from his 2013 Harley Davidson. The motorcycle continued sliding south on Main Street and struck a northbound 2007 Nissan Titan pickup.
Here are some more Suicide Silence videos.