In Memoriam
For Brittany Strummer

For Brittany Strummer

You end up writing too many obituaries in this gig. Although even when it's about an artist you love, you can manage to find some small measure of objectivity. There's some comfort to be found in the barrier that separates them, the performer, from you in the audience. It's never entirely real. Having to do this for one of our own is far more difficult. Former Punknews contributor Brittany Strummer is no longer with us. To try and make some sense of this, and to attempt in some incomplete way to capture how Brittany's enthusiasm and love for music impacted all of us, we asked a few of her friends to share their stories.

Photo by Jackie Wilding

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Ranking Roger has passed away

Ranking Roger has passed away

Unfortunately, Ranking Roger of The English Beat passed away a few hours ago. The Beat issued a short statement: "“He fought & fought & fought, Roger was a fighter.” Sadly Roger past away a few hours ago peacefully at his home surrounded by family. Roger’s family would like to thank everyone for their constant support during this tough time. More to follow in the coming days. RIP ROGER! "

Roger had been battling cancer for some time. Roger began performing and recording around 1978, was a seminal figure in two-tone ska, and performed through recent years, both with the Beat and as a solo performer. We send condolences to Roger's friends, family, and fans.

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Dick Dale has passed away

Dick Dale has passed away

On Sunday, legendary guitarist Dick Dale passed away. He was 81. The cause of death was not known, but he had been battling poor health for some time and even mentioned in interviews that he needed to continuously tour just to cover medical expenses. Dale was born Richard Monsour in Boston in 1937. In the late '50s and early '60s he developed what is now known as surf rock and went on to influence many, many musicians including East Bay Ray, Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen, Ry Cooder and the Beach Boys. Punknews sends condolences to Dale's family.

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Keith Flint of The Prodigy passes away

Keith Flint of The Prodigy passes away

Keith Flint of The Prodigy has been found dead in his home, aged 49. An Instagram post by band-founder Liam Howlett states that the cause of death was by suicide, although the police have yet to formally announce a cause of death.

Aside from his vocals Flint, who was a member of the band's original lineup, was instantly recognizable due to his personal style and fashion sense. He also performed and recorded for several other acts, including solo.

During Flint's tenure, the band released seven LPs, a live album, and a plethora of EPs and singles.

Punknews' thoughts go to out to Flint's fans, friends, and family.

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Tim Landers of Transit, Cold Collective passes away

Tim Landers of Transit, Cold Collective passes away

Tim Landers, of the bands Cold Collective and Transit, has passed away. Cold Collective released a statement: "“The news has already been circulating, and unfortunately we are here to confirm what is being said. Our vocalist Tim Landers passed away suddenly, February 2, 2019. At this time we please ask for your respect and understanding in this time of grieving. We will comment further when we find the words.” Landers last material was with Cold Collective, a single called "Don’t Forget To Leave” from October of last year.

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Alex Brown of Gorilla Biscuits passes away

Alex Brown of Gorilla Biscuits passes away

Alex Brown of Gorilla Biscuits has passed away. he was 52. GB Frontman Anthony Civarelli posted on social media: “The world lost a son, brother, uncle, artist, musician and loving friend this week. I lost my bandmate and friend of over 30 years, a piece of my heart died this week and all I can do is think of all the fun, shows, meals flights and trips we had together. All the late night talks and all the early morning hangs with him and my wife and kids. There will never be another alex brown.” The cause of death was complications following a basal ganglia stroke. Brown had also played in Side by Side and Project X.

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Bruce Corbitt of Warbeast/Rigor Mortis passes away

Bruce Corbitt of Warbeast/Rigor Mortis passes away

Bruce Corbitt, vocalist of thrash metal acts Rigor Mortis and Warbeast has passed away at the age of 56. Bruce had been in a two-year battle against esophageal cancer.

Corbitt released eight albums with Rigor Mortis in their 35 year career (not counting the decade plus-long hiatus from '92 to '05), and four albums with Warbeast since 2010.

Punknews sends our thoughts to Corbitt's family and friends.

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Sponge Bob creator Stephen Hillenburg passes away

Sponge Bob creator Stephen Hillenburg passes away

Unfortunately, Stephen Hillenburg, the man who created Sponge Bob Squarepants, has passed away. He was 57. Hillenburg was diagnosed with ALS in 2017, but remained active in Sponge Bob projects until recently. Hillenburg and the rest of the Sponge Bob crew would often slip Punk and alt-rock bands into Spongebob projects including contributions from Motorhead, Lux Interior of The Cramps, The Flaming Lips, The Dwarves, and Bob Kulick of the Alice Cooper band. Hear some of those below.

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Todd Youth has passed away

Todd Youth has passed away

Sadly. Todd Youth passed away earlier Friday night or Saturday at the age of 47. A veteran punk and metal musician, Youth played and recorded with Murphy's Law, Warzone, Danzig, Bloodclot, D Generation, Fireburn, and many, many more acts. He also stood as a stand-in guitarist for a few Motorhead dates and even served as a studio musician for Glen Campbell. The cause of death is currently unknown. Hear some of Youth's recordings below.

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Johnny Strike of Crime passes away

Johnny Strike of Crime passes away

Johnny Strike, born Gary John Bassett, of first wave San Francisco punkers Crime has passed away. He was 70 and had been battling cancer for some time. During their original run, Crime issued three singles in the late '70s and early '80s. After their initial six year span, they would later issue a demo collection called San Francisco's Doomed and finally, in 2013 Murder by Guitar, which was a discography of their officially released studio material. The band also reunited in the 2000s and released a few studio albums, live released, and 7-inch records. Crime would influence many punk rockers, including Tesco Vee, Jello Biafra, Mario Rubalcaba, and Todd Swalla.

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Randy Rampage of DOA passes away

Randy Rampage of DOA passes away

Randy Rampage of D.O.A. passed away earlier this week. Rampage played bass on the D.O.A. classics Hardcore '81 and Something Better Change. After leaving the band in 1981, he played with several bands, including Annihilator and Stress Factor Nine. He returned to D.O.A. several times in the 2000s and appeared on a few of the band's latter day albums. Hear some of his recordings below.

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Steve Soto of the Adolescents has passed away

Sadly, Steve Soto of Adolescents passed away peacefully in his sleep yesterday. Bandmate Dan Root stated, "I'm sorry to break such bad news in such an impersonal way, but the family of Steve Soto would like everyone to know that he passed away peacefully in his sleep today. I'm sure this is a terrible blow to all of you. He will be missed. We will be posting details on a memorial as plans are finalized." Frontier Records stated, "We are shocked & saddened to confirm that our wonderful friend Steve Soto passed away in his sleep. An immeasurable loss to music & humanity, the shock has yet to really sink in…"

The band had just completed an East Coast tour and was planning a European tour for early July. Soto had a long career in punk rock having also played with and contributed to recordings by Agent Orange, Manic Hispanic, 22 Jacks, Joyride, CJ Ramone, and many more. He was 54.

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Ralph Santolla dead at 51

Ralph Santolla dead at 51

Metal guitarist Ralph Santolla (Millenium, Deicide, Obituary) has died at the age of 51 after falling into a coma following a heart attack. His family made the decision to remove him from life support on Jun 6th, and he passed soon thereafter.

Santolla performed in many bands throughout his career, most notably Deicide and Obituary, and also released two solo albums.

Punknews expresses our condolences and thoughts to Santolla's family, friends, and fans.

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