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King Crimson, ex-Ministry drummer Bill Rieflin dies

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:14 PM PT

Longtime rock and industrial drummer Bill Rieflin has passed away at the age of 59.

A member of King Crimson until his death, Rieflin drummed for Ministry from 1986 until 1994 and also performed with a slew of bands over the years, including Revolting Cocks, Swans, R.E.M., and Lard.

Ministry issued the following statement via social media:

"Today we lost a wonderful artist, tremendous human being and an integral part of Ministry's developments and success. Safe travels my brother on the way to your next universal gig."

Meanwhile, Robert Fripp of King Crimson had this to say on Facebook:

"A call from Tracy Rieflin in Seattle. Bill Rieflin flew from this world c. 18.50 Pacific, 18.50 UK. Tracy told Toyah and me that the day was grey, and as Bill flew away the clouds opened, and the skies were blue for about fifteen minutes. Fly well, Brother Bill! My life is immeasurably richer for knowing you."

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