Ministry Guitarist Mike Scaccia Dies After Collapsing
Ministry and former Rigor
Mortis guitarist Mike Scaccia has
died after collapsing onstage during a performance on
Saturday (22nd December) night in Texas.
The 47 year old metal guitarist, who was also an accomplished
blues and country musician, was performing as part of a 50th
birthday concert for Rigor Mortis frontman
Bruce Corbitt at the Rail Club in Fort Worth.
Scaccia's bandmate, Al Jourgensen, Ministry's
lead singer, confirmed the news via Facebook yesterday,
"I just lost my lil' brother and my best friend… 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
"Rest in peace my brother, my friend, my heart. Please pray
for Mike Scaccia and Jenny, his wife and their children, and his
The Fort Worth Star
Telegram reports (via NME) that Scaccia
died of a sudden heart attack brought on by a heart disease.