Guitarist Mike Scaccia dead
2012-12-23 by Raul Stanciu STAFF | 46 Comments

Rigor Mortis founding member and long time Ministry collaborator, among other bands, Mike Scaccia, collapsed in a seizure on stage in Fort Worth, Texas. The guitar player was in the middle of a Rigor Mortis show when he reportedly suffered of a heart attack. Scaccia was driven to the hospital, but he didn't recover and was pronounced dead today, December 23, at only 47 years old.

People around him pointed the fact that he was "in good spirits" and Mike himself posted an update on Facebook before these shows saying "These next 2 shows is what I worked my whole life for... Look out Mother Fuckers...hahha".

This year, Scaccia toured behing Ministry's latest record, Relapse and along with the recently reunited original line-up of Rigor Mortis, he was working on a new record, entitled Slaves To The Graves.

Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen left a lengthy message on the band's Facebook page saying:

"From Uncle Al..... 12/23/2012
I JUST LOST MY LIL' BROTHER AND MY BEST FRIEND - THE 13TH PLANET COMPOUND IS DEVASTATED,COMPLETELY IN SHOCK AND SHATTERED. MIKEY WAS NOT ONLY THE BEST GUITAR PLAYER IN THE HISTORY OF MUSIC, BUT HE WAS A CLOSE, CLOSE, CLOSE PART OF OUR FAMILY - AND I JUST LOST A HUGE CHUNK OF MY HEART TODAY. OUR LIVES ARE FOREVER CHANGED. LIFE WITHOUT MIKEY IS LIKE ORANGE JUICE WITHOUT PULP - KIND OF BLAND. I HAVE NO WORDS TO EXPRESS WHAT THIS GUY MEANT TO ME, MY FAMILY, MY CAREER....EVERYTHING!
GET TO KNOW HIS LEAD PARTS - FOR THEY ARE IN THE PANTHEON OF MUSIC! UNFORTUNATELY, MOST OF YOU DIDN'T GET TO KNOW MIKEY'S SOUL -WHICH IS IN THE PANTHEON OF HUMANITY. HE IS MY HERO, MY FRIEND AND MY IDOL. MIKEY WAS ALWAYS BESIDE ME - MY RIGHT HAND MAN - THROUGH THICK AND THIN, THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY AND THE BEAUTIFUL.
REST IN PEACE MY BROTHER, MY FRIEND, MY HEART. PLEASE PRAY FOR MIKE SCACCIA AND JENNY, HIS WIFE AND THEIR CHILDREN, AND HIS FAMILY.....AL"

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MO
December 23rd 2012

18517 Comments


whoa rip

JAV
December 23rd 2012

1934 Comments


Died doing what he loved at least.

SpiritCrusher2
December 23rd 2012

2983 Comments


this is sad
RIP

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
December 23rd 2012

1987 Comments


Heart attack on stage? Holy fuck. RIP, damn.

XingKing
December 23rd 2012

10453 Comments


That's unfortunate but kudos to him on his success.

Ikarus14
December 23rd 2012

535 Comments


RIP. That sucks :L

bloc
December 23rd 2012

34773 Comments


Damn that is scary to have happen at a show

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Torii
December 23rd 2012

812 Comments


RIP

Captain North
December 23rd 2012

6784 Comments


RIP

But I admit I lol'd at "life without Mikey is like orange juice without pulp - kind of bland"

bloc
December 23rd 2012

34773 Comments


I don't blame him; I much prefer orange juice with pulp as well.

lecolumbus
December 23rd 2012

85 Comments


dat band name

Gwyn.
December 23rd 2012

15010 Comments


inb4 an unexplicable amount of comments

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breakingthefragile
December 23rd 2012

2955 Comments


Terrible way to go. : ( RIP

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BlackLlama
December 23rd 2012

1650 Comments


Damn, RIP. But shit if that's not a metal way to go out.

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zaruyache
December 23rd 2012

6259 Comments


But shit if that's not a metal way to go out.


Sounds like something right out of Metalocalypse. Rip m/


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paxman
December 23rd 2012

4084 Comments


Tragic. People who attended the show will be bragging about it for the rest of their lives.

MichaelSnoxall
December 23rd 2012

12163 Comments


It's like Mark Sandman all over again.

DallyLama
December 23rd 2012

1069 Comments


brutal


avnrdragon
December 24th 2012

20 Comments


Even though I never knew him or listen to the band's music as such , it's always a sad day when a musician dies.

tommygun
December 24th 2012

24551 Comments


rip

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 24th 2012

6006 Comments


Terrible news, RIP

I'm going to spin the Flotsam and Jetsam cover on "Fork Boy" (Lard) in memory.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V58sTIrLF3Q

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sixdegrees
December 24th 2012

16917 Comments


rest in peace

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MeatSalad
December 24th 2012

14450 Comments


Died in a good place

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killians202
December 24th 2012

62 Comments


Eff

FearThyEvil
December 24th 2012

12480 Comments


Damn, that really sucks. R.I.P.

Comatorium.
December 24th 2012

4106 Comments


Died doing his thing. Bet he has no regrets. RIP.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
December 24th 2012

3367 Comments


RIP

The man brought a lot to Ministry.

henryChinaski
December 24th 2012

2724 Comments


Sad.
RIP

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goop
December 24th 2012

131 Comments


Damn, sucks dick. RIP but I can't help but point out the relevant band name.

DatsNotDaMetulz
December 24th 2012

1748 Comments


Apparently Rigor Mortis were working on a new album? sucks if true that Mike won't see its release.

Wizard
December 24th 2012

19335 Comments


Scaccia wrote some amazingly tight riffs and he will be missed. RIP

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dimsim3478
December 24th 2012

4888 Comments


Woah RIP

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evilford
December 24th 2012

22362 Comments


it's been said, but at least he died doing what he loved. better to go out that way than suffer a prolonged death in a bed.

RIP

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HSThomas
December 24th 2012

668 Comments


Rigor Mortis were a great band. First album rules hard.

Very m/ RIP.

GringoSuave89
December 24th 2012

1023 Comments


RIP

What a way to go...

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Gwyn.
December 24th 2012

15010 Comments


Surprised this thread doesn't have 800+ comments for no reason at all

Wizard
December 24th 2012

19335 Comments


Because it ain't about a faggot drunk driver.

MadKungFu
December 24th 2012

375 Comments


Probably the best death a musician could ask for.

RIP

AllGabrielsAreGlass
December 24th 2012

431 Comments


dying doing what you love, just the way I'm sure anyone would want to go out.

R.I.P

J0ckstrapsFTW
December 24th 2012

3652 Comments


Damn that's so BROOTAL, R.I.P.

Detective Dan
December 24th 2012

169 Comments


guys don't make me be the first one to have to make a Rigor Mortis joke

Minus.
December 24th 2012

2680 Comments


Damn that is way too young to die. Unreal.

Emim
December 25th 2012

26614 Comments


Can't believe the lack of puns itt

RIP and all, but really?

LIFE WITHOUT MIKEY IS LIKE ORANGE JUICE WITHOUT PULP - KIND OF BLAND.


Makemebad35
December 26th 2012

745 Comments


yeah, very sad. RIP

Eons
December 26th 2012

463 Comments


Maybe a bad time to say it but their last album was terrible.

ManintheBox
December 28th 2012

867 Comments


I didn't get around to responding earlier, but seriously rest in peace dude/



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