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Ministry and Rigor Mortis Guitarist Mike Scaccia Dies at 47

5 years ago by Nadya Vlassoff

Photo Credit: “Mike Scaccia,” © 2010 Ian Aberle, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license: Creative Commons Licenses

Former Ministry guitarist Mike Scaccia died on Sunday after suffering a heart attack on stage at a Forth Worth show with the band Rogor Mortis.

During a show at the Rail Club in Fort Worth, Texas, 47-year old Mike Scaccia suffered what appeared to be a seizure while playing a birthday bash for Rigor Mortis front-man Bruce Corbitt. Scaccia was rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead upon arrival, reported the Fort Worth Telegram.

Although initial reports had it that Scaccia died as a result of a seizure, the Tarrant County medical examiner revealed that the former Ministry guitarist suffered a heart attack due to heart disease.

On Sunday morning, Rigor Mortis singer Bruce Corbitt posted a tribute to Mike Scaccia on his Facebook page. “My brother is gone,” wrote Corbitt. “The only reason I am who I am is because of this man. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t even be in a band.”

In another tribute, Ministry’s lead singer Al Jourgensen also paid tribute to his longtime band-mate and friend. “Mikey was not only the best guitar player in the history of music,” said Jourgensen, “but he was a close, close, close part of our family, and I just lost a huge chunk of my heart today.”

Scaccia is survived by wife, Jenny Rowen Scaccia, and his four children.

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Nadya Vlassoff

Nadya Vlassoff joined The Deadbolt in 2009 and currently serves as associate content director and contributing editor. A former writer for the boutique apparel and accessories blog MelroseStreet.com, Nadya has interviewed and worked with a variety of top names in pop culture, fashion, entertainment and sports.
  • LaQuan Jackson

    He played for a band called Rigor Mortis? How ironic.

    Seriously, 47 is way too young for a heart attack. They need to make sure he wasn’t on Red Bull or something like that.

    • Norgil Stranthom

      This is truly one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard anyone say.

      • Nigel Tufnel

        I know a guy who did three Red Bulls once. After he did three marijuanas. Man, he was crazy.