California metallers SUICIDE SILENCE have asked their fans to refrain from purchasing bootleg merchandise to honor the band’s singer Mitch Lucker, who died Thursday, November 1, after sustaining injuries in a motorcycle crash in Huntington Beach on Halloween night.
An official t-shirt and memorial fund is being set up and will be announced this week.
“We appreciate everyone trying to help out, but there is no existing fund at this time. Please check back here for official updates,” the group wrote on its Facebook page.
The band added in a separate posting, “Please do not purchase any bootleg RIP shirts from eBay or other online stores. We want to ensure that those of you who wish to make such purchases will have your money going to the right place and that you’ll receive a quality commemorative product. An official t-shirt and donation fund will be surfacing this week and nothing officially connected to the cause currently exists. Please continue to check this page to keep informed.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, Lucker 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.
Lucker, who was treated at the scene by paramedics, died shortly after 6 a.m. at UC Irvine Medical Center.
Some of the singer’s friends gathered Thursday night in Riverside, California, where the 28-year-old grew up, to celebrate his life. A separate vigil was held at the crash site in Huntington Beach that was attended by fans as well as some of Mitch‘s family members, including his wife of two years, Jolie, and his five-year-old daughter, Kenadee.