According to TMZ, METAL CHURCH singer Mike HoweThe official cause of death was determined to be asphyxiation from hanging. A spokesperson for the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department said authorities at the site were calling it suicide.
Cops received a call Monday morning (July 26) just after 10 a.m. in Eureka, Calif., Reporting an unexpected death in a house. As the deputies arrived, they found the 55-year-old dead at the scene.
Drugs and alcohol were not factors in the death, police said, and no controlled substances or paraphernalia were found at the scene.
Howe, who faced METAL CHURCH from 1988 to 1994, officially joined the group in April 2015.
Before joining METAL CHURCH more than three decades ago, Howe spent two years leading a Californian metal band HERETIC.
The reunion between Mike and METAL CHURCH was set in motion in July 2014 when Mike started working with the guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof on a side project damn was formed with Nigel Glockler of SAXON. Through these first conversations, damn convinced Mike to finally come back to METAL CHURCH. The idea was to see if they could find some of the magic of the three albums. METAL CHURCH released at the end of the 80s: “The human factor”, “Blessing in disguise” and “Hold in the balance”. Among these sessions, those of 2016 «XI» was born and captured the sound that made the band a fan favorite in the ’80s and mixed it with an invigorated new sound.
METAL CHURCHthe last version of was “From the vault”, arrived in April 2020 via Rat Pak Records. The Effort was a special edition compilation album that included 14 unreleased songs from the Howe era, including four newly recorded studio tracks, including a reworking of the band’s fan favorite classic “Driver”.
Howe is not the first singer of METAL CHURCH pass away. David Wayne died in May 2005 from a car accident. He was 47 years old.
Wayne sung on METAL CHURCHthe first two classics from (1984) “Metal Church” and the years 1986 “Darkness”) before leaving the group and being replaced by Howe.
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