His band mates confirmed the sad news in a statement posted on Facebook, which read: “We are saddened to hear the news from our brother Johnny Solinger,” we read.
“Our hearts go out to his family, friends and fans. Godspeed Singo. Say hello to Scrappy for us.
“Lots of love, Rachel Bolan, ZP Theart, Snake Sabo, Rob Hammersmith, Scotti Hill. “
News of his death comes just weeks after he shared a poignant post with fans revealing his declining health.
In a social media post shared in May, Johnny wrote: “It is with a heavy heart that I have to let everyone know what is going on with me and my health.
“I have been hospitalized in the past month. I was diagnosed with liver failure. And the prognosis is not so good.
“Like most musicians, I don’t have health insurance and it’s very difficult to get proper care without it. “
A fundraising page was set up to help cover Johnny’s medical bills as he did not have health insurance.
A note posted on the page a few days before the sad news of his death read: “He will get a new catheter for dialysis, the blood clot in his leg will be healed, and a vessel in his heart will be repaired.”
“All of these procedures carry risks. But they have to be done in order for him to be a candidate, so of course I agreed to that. “
“’I know he wants to live, and luckily I have complete confidence in the team that takes care of him. They are really doing everything humanly possible to save his life.
“A big step today. We have his. He has that. “
Having previously recorded a country solo album ,. Johnny rose to fame in 1999 when he was hired to take over the band’s voice after frontman Sebastian Bach left.
He then recorded four albums with the band, including Thickskin in 2003, and toured the world.
They notably opened for KISS during the glam rock group’s world tour in 2000.
He was believed to be married to actress Paula Marcenaro, but Johnny mostly kept his private life private.
After the news of her death, Paula shared a heartbreaking Instagram post about grieving.
She wrote: “The reality is you will cry forever. You will not get over the loss of a loved one, you will learn to live with it.
“You will heal and rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. “