Nature Ganganbaigal, frontman of metal band Tengger Cavalry, has passed away.
The band, who are originally from Inner Mongolia and Beijing, have been based in New York and Texas in recent years as their popularity began to rise. Combining elements of the traditional music of Central Asia and Mongolia with contemporary metal music, the band was initially a one-man project of Nature Ganganbaigal before other members joined.
Concerns about the singer’s health emerged last week when guitarist Patrick Reilly told MetalSucks that they “grew suspicious when he did not show up for a pre-show rehearsal last weekend” and added that the band “also had a video shoot scheduled, so for him to miss that was a cause for suspicion.”
Sadly, those band members have today sadly confirmed that Ganganbaigal has died but the cause of death has not been released. Local authorities reportedly told the band that they found Ganganbaigal’s body earlier this month.
“It is with deep sadness and shock that we must share the news that Nature has passed away,” the band said in a statement. “Nature’s greatest goal in life was the unite people of all backgrounds through community and through music. He was also an advocate for mental health, and encouraged everyone from friends to total strangers to persist through their struggles.
“Though we have lost a dear friend and a great artists, we know that his music will live on and continue to help us find our common ground and find our strength despite adversity. Please respect the privacy of Nature’s family during his painful time. May the Eternal Blue Sky find him at peace.”