RIP: Mike Scaccia of Ministry & Rigor Mortis

Guitarist collapsed onstage in apparent heart attack on Saturday night.

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud

Sad news greets us this weekend with the passing of Mike Scaccia – a member of Ministry, Rigor Mortis and the Revolting Cocks. The guitarist died after suffering a reported heart attack onstage. He was 47.

Scaccia reportedly collapsed during a Rigor Mortis show at the Rail Club in Fort Worth, Texas. He died soon after at a local hospital.

The show a celebration of singer Bruce Corbitt's 50th birthday. Corbitt took to Facebook to share his condolences upon hearing the news: “My brother is gone! The only reason I am who I am is because of this man. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t even be in a band. RIP Mike – the greatest guitar player I ever knew. I’m proud to say that I was always Mike Scaccia’s biggest fan, and always will be.”

Scaccia was a founding member of Texas thrash metal pioneers Rigor Mortis, which began in 1983 with Harden Harrison and Casey Orr. Scaccia was recruited by Al Jourgensen in 1989 as a touring guitarist for Ministry, who he later joined full-time. After quitting the band in 1996, he rejoined the line-up to release the band's 12th studio album Relapse earlier this year.

An ambassador for Gibson guitars, Scaccia also performed in Dusters, Lard, The League of Blind Woman, Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters and Revolting Cocks.