“It is with the deepest regret that we must announce the death of our brother, our friend, and true heavy metal legend. Mike Howe passed away this morning at his home in Eureka, Calif. We are devastated and the words let us know. Please respect our privacy and that of his family during this difficult time, “Metal Church members said on Twitter.
Mike Howe was born August 21, 1965 in Taylor, Michigan. He had joined Metal Church in 1988 as a vocalist, replacing David Wayne, and had contributed to albums such as “Blessing in Disguise” (1989), “The Human Factor” (1991) and “Hanging in the Balance” (1993). In 1994, he put his musical career on hiatus to start a family, before reuniting with the group in April 2015 for the latest albums XI (2016), Damned If You Do (2018) and From The Vault (2020).
The cause of his death has not been communicated.