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Mike Scaccia of Ministry dies after collapsing on-stage.

During a performance in Fort Worth, Texas at the Rail Club while the 50th birthday celebration of Rigor Mortis singer Bruce Corbitt, Scaccia collapsed. Shortly afterwards, he was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Scaccia was born June 14, 1965 in Babylon, New York. In 1983 Rigor Mortis was formed with schoolmates Harden Harrison and Casey Orr. The three shared a love for horror/gore flicks and extremely heavy music, which helped them create a unique form of speed metal that had never been heard before. Within five years they had virtually created the thrash metal scene in Texas and landed a major label deal.

Scaccia was asked by Al Jourgensen to join Ministry for their 1989-1990 tour. Jourgensen was so impressed by his talents that he included him full-time in the band; having Scaccia leave Rigor Mortis in 1991.

Shortly after Scaccia's passing, the singer posted on Corbitt's Facebook page: "My brother is gone! 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. RIP Mike Scaccia! The greatest guitar player I ever knew!"

Also, on Ministry's official Facebook page they posted another statement: "MICHAEL  RALPH SCACCIA ...Our Dearest Friend. We love you. We miss you. God Rest Your  Precious Soul. We cannot fathom this loss."

Rest In Peace Mike Scaccia!

I leave you with this awesome video of both Al Jourgensen and Mike Scaccia jamming with Del Castillo at State Line here in El Paso, TX!!