Richard Brunelle, the former guitarist for metal band Morbid Angel, has passed away at the age of 55.
As an influential member of the band during the early years, Brunelle played guitar with Morbid Angel from 1985 to 1992, appearing on their pioneering 1989 debut album Altars of Madness and 1991 record Blessed Are the Sick.
While no immediate cause of death has been revealed, Blabbermouth report that Brunelle’s sister-in-law took to social media to confirm his passing: “This devastating post is at the request of my husband and his mother,” she wrote. “It is with deep regret and sorrow that we inform Richie’s friends and fans that he passed away… Rest in peace, Richie. You were so loved and will be forever missed.”
Upon learning the news of Brunelle’s death, the band’s drummer Mike Browning paid tribute: “I am beyond devastated and shocked about Richard Brunelle passing away on Monday. As of right now I only know that it happened on Monday and I had talked to him just this month.
“I had always hoped that one day Richard, Trey [Azagthoth] and I would at least get together one more time to jam, even if it was only in the back room of my house, it was then and still would have been pure Magick! Please do not ask me what happened because I only know what everyone else knows right now.”