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Babymetal guitarist Mikio Fujioka dies

By | Published on Wednesday 10 January 2018

Mikio Fujioka

Babymetal have paid tribute to their guitarist Mikio Fujioka, who – it has been announced -died last week after falling from an observation deck while stargazing on 30 Dec.

In a statement on Fujioka’s Twitter profile, his wife said that the musician’s condition had deteriorated on 5 Jan, and he had died with his two daughters beside him. He was 36.

Babymetal also confirmed the death of Fukioka – who had performed in their backing band since 2013 – saying that he has “passed away in the metal galaxies” and was now “enjoying an epic guitar session” with his guitar hero Allan Holdsworth.