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Metal Church vocalist Mike Howe dies

Monday, July 26, 2021 7:44 PM PT / 3,409 views

Mike Howe of Metal Church

Andreas Lawen, Fotandi

Mike Howe, vocalist of American metal legends Metal Church, passed this morning at his home in California. Howe was 55 years old.

The news comes via Metal Church, who shared the following statement:

"It is with our deepest regrets that we must announce the passing of our brother, our friend and true legend of heavy metal music. Mike Howe passed away this morning at his home in Eureka, California. We are devastated and at a loss for words. Please respect our privacy and the Howe family’s privacy during this most difficult time."

Howe originally joined Metal Church in 1988, remaining with the group until 1996, and eventually rejoining in 2015. Overall, Howe appeared on five of the group's studio albums, including their most recent full-length, 2018's Damned If You Do.