Michael “Mike” Scaccia, best known as the lead (and sometimes rhythm) guitarist for the metal bands MINISTRY, RIGOR MORTIS and THE REVOLTING COCKS died on December 23rd after suffering a seizure on stage at the Rail Club in Fort Worth, Texas during Bruce Corbitt’s (Rigor Mortis) 50th birthday show.
Ministry frontman/founder Al Jourgensen has issued the following statement regarding Scaccia’s passing:
“I just lost my lil’ brother and my best friend. The 13th Planet compound is devastated, completely in shock and shattered. Mikey was not only the best guitar player in the history of music, but he was a close, close, close part of our family — and I just lost a huge chunk of my heart today. Our lives are forever changed. Life without Mikey is like orange juice without pulp — kind of bland. I have no words to express what this guy meant to me, my family, my career… everything!
Get to know his lead parts, for they are in the pantheon of music! Unfortunately, most of you didn’t get to know Mikey’s soul, which is in the pantheon of humanity. He is my hero, my friend and my idol. Mikey was always beside me – my right-hand man – through thick and thin, the good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful.
Rest in peace my brother, my friend, my heart.
Please pray for Mike Scaccia and Jenny, his wife and their children, and his family.”
Corbitt posted the following his Facebook page:
“My brother is gone! The only reason I am who I am is Because of this man. If it was not for him I would not even be in a band. RIP Mike Scaccia! The greatest guitar player I ever knew!”
Most recently Scaccia was endorsing Wildwood Guitars: