X Japan drummer and founding member Yoshiki has posted a message online regarding the death of his former band mate Taiji Sawada, who passed away on July 17th after his family made the decision to turn off his life support following a suicide attempt. Yoshiki’s message reads as follows:
“Receiving the news of Taiji’s death has left me speechless. I don’t know how to cope with the loss yet.
“Playing at the Nissan Stadium together last year brings memories as if it was yesterday. To imagine what the fans are feeling right now breaks my heart. But that is the reason why we have to stay strong.
“X Japan will have to carry on with not only (late guitarist) Hide, but Taiji as well in our hearts.
“May the amazing bassist Taiji rest in peace.”