It’s been confirmed that Mitch Lucker, frontman for Suicide Silence has died following a motorbike crash in Huntington Beach, California.
At the time of writing, no further details regarding the nature of the crash have been released†. He was just 28 years old.
That video should immediately show you how much of a good guy Mitch Lucker (and indeed the rest of the guys in Suicide Silence) was. Man, even writing that in the past tense, using was instead of is feels wrong to us. Writing about the death of Mitch Lucker is perhaps more trying than any of the others we’ve had to write about here on Thrash Hits, because unlike those other musicians, Mitch was someone that collectively we’ve interviewed nearly ten times over the last five years.
We can say – without a shadow of a doubt – that he was among our favourite people to muck about with in front of a camera (see the evidence of our two Download Festival interview with him, down below), but also off camera – whether listening to his stories about how him and his Dad bonded over buying a Slipknot album, to hearing him talk about death metal with ten times the passion than any of his band’s ridiculous online critics ever could, to witnessing the unequivocal drive he had to succeed and to provide for his family, there wasn’t a moment when we didn’t feel that Mitch was anything less than a straight-A, solid-gold dude. His passing in a motorbike accident at the ridiculously young age of 28
We guess our feelings – and indeed that of much of the rest of the metal world – are mirrored by the statement released by the rest of Suicide Silence via the band’s 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
The thoughts of everyone here at Thrash Hits are with Mitch’s friends, family, and bandmates, but in particular with his wife and daughter. Rest in peace, Mitch.
Mitch Lucker of Suicide Silence @ Sheffield Corporation - 30 November 2010 by Gary Wolstenholme
According to an update on Metal Injection, the LA Times has published the following additional details:
…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.