The world is slightly less metal as Mark "The Shark" Shelton, lead guitarist of legendary proto-power metal band Manilla Road has passed away. He was sixty years old.
The band's lead singer, Bryan Patrick made the announcement on social media:
July 27th 2018
I'm very sorry to announce today that my long time brother and Best Friend since 1981 has passed through the Halls of Valhalla.
Mark W. Shelton may you Rest In Peace!
There will be more information within the next couple of days. There will be a GO FUND ME 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.
Manilla Road played a show in Germany yesterday, July 26th, at the Headbangers Open Air festival and were scheduled to play in Italy tomorrow, en route to Wacken Open Air next week.
Reports are that Mark passed of heart failure, although that has yet to be confirmed.