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Ex-Unearth bassist dies

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 2:05 PM PT


Former Unearth bassist Chris R. Rybicki has reportedly passed away as a result of an accident that occurred last month in Salem, Massachusetts. Rybicki, age 35, was apparently struck by drunk driver while riding his scooter on Saturday, August 28th. Rybicki had originally been transported to Massachusetts General Hospital in serious condition, where he has presumbly remained, though details regarding his condition in the interim haven't been made public.

Yesterday, current Unearth guitarist Buz McGrath posted the following via Twitter: "Today the world lost a great party animal. R.I.P. Chris (rover) Rybicki."

Rybicki was an original member of Unearth, ultimately leaving the band in 2001. You can read our original 2001 posting on Rybicki's departure here.

Update: Unearth has issued the following statement:

"Yesterday we lost our long time friend and original bass player Chris 'Rover' Rybicki. He lost his life from injuries sustained three weeks ago at the hands of an alleged drunk driver.

"Rover hadn't been in the band since 2001, but he remained a good friend to us all throughout the years and this tragedy has hit us hard.

"Not only was Rover a talented musician, but he was also one of the funniest dudes you would ever know. His wit, dark humor and don't give a fuck attitude made him a unique person that we all loved having in our lives. His memory will live on amongst his family and friends with the countless stories of Rover being Rover. He will be sorely and forever missed.

"Rover played on our our EP 'Above the Fall of Man,' our debut full-length 'The Stings of Conscience' and also on two tracks off our 2002 EP 'Endless.'

"We would like to take a second to urge people to not drink and drive. Please be responsible so these tragedies stop happening."


29 comments


9/21/2010 2:08:17 PM
first post, sad news. RIP.

9/21/2010 2:09:07 PM
Dead serious about being earthed.

9/21/2010 2:09:16 PM
Real sad... Rest in Peace dude.

9/21/2010 2:09:23 PM
that sucks..

9/21/2010 2:11:37 PM
Salem News article says he was 39. Crappy news.

9/21/2010 2:16:29 PM
why people ride scooters i will never know..

9/21/2010 2:18:31 PM
Shitty news

9/21/2010 2:19:17 PM
urrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggh RAN-DOWN!

9/21/2010 2:19:28 PM
people ride scooters to save on gas or because they lost their license because of DUIs. to be hit by a drunk driver while on a scooter that you had to get because you got a DUI is shitty irony. r.i.p.

9/21/2010 2:25:30 PM
FUUUUUUCK ME.. this dude was awesome. RIP

9/21/2010 2:30:59 PM
drunk driver was a 2nd offender. Ridiculous.

9/21/2010 2:47:17 PM
harsh news......skank whore will probably get a slap on the wrist too...she needs a slap in her face

9/21/2010 3:33:49 PM
No full-time replacement has been found, if interested please contact Mike at xunearthx@aol.com.

9/21/2010 4:41:42 PM
some shitty shit.

9/21/2010 4:45:46 PM
fcking sucks... great dude, great musician, r.i.p man no shitposts on this guy.

9/21/2010 5:56:53 PM
rest in peace bro hopefully your in a better place.

9/21/2010 5:59:45 PM
complete disrespect to that irresponsible fck and the rest of those alike. RIP to you Buz. You will be missed.

9/21/2010 8:04:17 PM
LOL who rides scooters

9/21/2010 8:05:47 PM
Scooter-flip?

9/21/2010 8:15:57 PM
R.I.P. Rover. Great friend. Great guy. Great musician.

9/21/2010 9:05:03 PM
Vespa or razor?

9/21/2010 11:19:31 PM
this is really sad. i have a straight edge friend who drives me around.

9/22/2010 12:31:25 AM
he didnt even see it coming

9/22/2010 3:38:57 AM
That would never happen to me. I always drive better when I'm drunk. My friends say so, so it's true. anyone who kills someone drunk driving should get manditory jail time. She'll prob do weekends and be on probate for the next year. whore

9/22/2010 8:17:02 AM
severedintwo 9/22/2010 12:31:25 AMhe didnt even see it coming <-- like the time i was robbed by a sweet old lady on a motorized cart. but that was a long time ago and i dont wanna talk about it.

9/22/2010 10:07:02 AM
f*kuimdrunk 9/21/2010 8:05:47 PM Scooter-flip? WIN

9/22/2010 1:53:05 PM
warnerve9/21/2010 2:19:28 PM…to be hit by a drunk driver while on a scooter that you had to get because you got a DUI is shitty irony. r.i.p. -- not irony. it's poetic justice. look it up.

9/22/2010 6:42:48 PM
Holy balls. One of my favorite records and bands when I was younger. Shit sucks.

9/23/2010 1:22:33 PM
It's safe to say that leaving Unearth was the worst decision he ever made. If he stayed in the band....this never would have happened.