Guitarist Mike Scaccia, who is best known for his work with MINISTRY, RIGOR MORTIS and the REVOLTING COCKS, died last night (Saturday, December 22) after suffering a seizure on stage. He was 47 years old.
Scaccia was performing with RIGOR MORTIS at the Rail Club in Fort Worth, Texas at the 50th-birthday celebration for RIGOR MORTIS singer Bruce Corbitt when he reportedly asked for the strobe lights to be turned off moments before he collapsed onstage and could not be revived. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Corbitt stated via Facebook: “My brother is gone! The only reason I am who I am is because of this man. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t even be in a band.
“RIP, Mike — the greatest guitar player I ever knew. I’m proud to say that I was always Mike Scaccia‘s biggest fan, and always will be.”
In 1989, Scaccia was asked by Al Jourgensen to join his band MINISTRY for their 1989-1990 “The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste” tour. Jourgensen was so impressed by Scaccia‘s talents that he included him into the band full time. Scaccia left RIGOR MORTIS in 1991 and went on to record and tour for MINISTRY‘s next album, the platinum-selling smash “Psalm 69” throughout 1992. He also recorded MINISTRY‘s follow-up effort, “Filth Pig”, before leaving the band in 1996.
In early 2003, Scaccia reformed RIGOR MORTIS and around the same time rejoined MINISTRY on the road in support of their “Animositisomina” album. He left MINISTRY again in 2006 but rejoined Jourgensen in the studio and on the road in support of the band’s latest album, “Relapse”.
Video below: Mike Scaccia interviewed before MINISTRY‘s July 20, 2012 concert in London, England