Drummer Mark “Bam Bam” McConnell, who was a member of former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach‘s touring band from 1997 to 2005, passed away this morning (Thursday, May 24) in a Gainesville, Florida hospital. According to unconfirmed online reports, the musician’s liver and kidneys had shut down, which led to partial brain damage.
A relative of Mark‘s wrote on Facebook, “Mark passed at 9:42 this morning surrounded by family and close friends. We will miss him…he was precious to all of us and touched all our hearts deeply and profoundly. On behalf of our family, thank you to all of you for your prayers and support. We will post more info when we’ve had a chance to catch our breaths.”
It was only yesterday that Bach urged everyone to “say a prayer” for Bam Bam, calling McConnell “an amazing drummer and lifelong friend.” He added, “We love you, Bam Bam. You can kick this in the ass just like you play your drums!! Fight hard, buddy. We all wanna rock with you. We love ya, dude.”
In a 1999 interview, Bach stated about McConnell, “He is on fire. When we toured in ’98 with PANTERA, Vinnie Paul was like, ‘Man, how many fuckin’ pieces does your drummer have?’ And for Vinnie Paul to say that. . . And Mark has always been a powerhouse. I am the luckiest guy in the world because I have Anton Fig from David Letterman‘s band on all of the studio tracks for ‘Bring ‘Em Bach Alive’ and Mark on all of the live stuff, two of the greatest drummers in the world.”
Source : Blabbermouth.net