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American Head Charge Bassist Chad Hanks Dies at 46

YouTube: Mike Frey
YouTube: Mike Frey

We have sad news to report today as Chad Hanks, bassist for Minneapolis, Minn. nu-metal group American Head Charge has passed away yesterday (Nov. 12) at the age of 46. We was reportedly battling terminal illness in recent months.

Hanks’ bandmates have taken to social media following his death. Guitarist Ted Hallows wrote, “Rest In Peace my friend. You will be missed and your music will live on forever. Thank you for making me a better guitarist and thank you for all the great memories we shared together. Love you man and won’t ever forget you. RIP Chad.” He accompanied the post qith a quote from Hunter S. Thompson, which reads, “There he goes. One of God’s own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

Meanwhile, vocalist Cameron Heacock opted to share an image of him leaning over Hanks’ bedside with their foreheads touching.

A benefit and memorial show is set for Nov. 26 in Minneapolis featuring a number of Hanks’ friends performing. For more details, click here.

Hanks was one of the co-founder of American Head Charge, who formed in 1997, self-releasing their debut album, Trepanation, two years later. They’d later sign to American Recordings, where they released their next album, The War of Art, which was produced by Rick Rubin at the famous Houdini Mansion. The band then released The Feeding in 2005 and wouldn’t issue another title until 2016’s Tango Umbrella.

Loudwires extends its condolences to the Hanks family and all of the musician’s bandmates and friends.

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