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Babymetal guitarist dies

Tuesday, January 09, 2018 6:45 AM PT

Mikio Fujioka, guitarist of the Kami Band, the backing group for Japanese pop-metal outfit Babymetal, has passed away at age 36. Fujioka has been touring with Babymetal since 2013. The band broke the news this morning via social media (see below).

Fujioka reportedly died from injuries sustained during a December 30 fall from an observation deck. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.