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Ex-Morbid Angel Guitarist Richard Brunelle Passes Away


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Former Morbid Angel guitarist Richard Brunelle has passed away at the age of 55. His sister-in-law Marilyn confirmed that he died on Monday, September 23rd, with a cause of death yet to be revealed. A memorial page for him has been launched at this location for friends and families to share their condolences and stories.

Brunelle performed with Morbid Angel for several stints over the years, including a run with the band that lasted from 1985-1992, followed by returns in 1994 and 1998. He notably appeared on their 1989 debut “Altars Of Madness” and their 1991 sophomore follow-up, “Blessed Are The Sick“.

He battled with a serious drug addiction in the years that followed his exit from the band that led to several arrests and time in prison on drug-related charges. The group’s former drummer Pete Sandoval commented of Brunelle‘s passing:

“This is really sad!
So many great memories we shared together that I’ll never forget, hope and wish you are in a better place.
My condolences to his family.
“I just received an email of his family letting me know about this sad new, please, a little respect guys, don’t ask me the cause of death or something like that, does it matter? he just passed away and that’s sad”
Thanks”

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RIP #richardbrunelle This is really sad! So many great memories we shared together that I'll never forget, hope and wish you are in a better place. My condolences to his family. "I just received an email of his family letting me know about this sad new, please, a little respect guys, don't ask me the cause of death or something like that, does it matter? he just passed away and that's sad" Thanks Es una noticia muy triste, recuerdos que siempre quedarán, devastador leer el correo donde la familia me pone en conocimiento de ésto. Descansa en paz Richard. Pido respeto amigos, no me pregunten la causa de la muerte de él, no postearé eso y tampoco lo haría si lo supiese por respeto. Importa eso? Ha fallecido y es triste, es todo. Saludos.

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