The guitarist for the Japanese heavy metal band Babymetal has died, according to reports.
Mikio Fujioka, the guitarist, died at the age of 36, according to a Twitter post from the band.
It said Tuesday that Fujioka “has passed away in the METAL GALAXIES” while adding: “We hope that he is now with his GUITAR MASTER A. Holdsworth [Allan Holdsworth] and enjoying an epic guitar session with him.”
— BABYMETAL (@BABYMETAL_JAPAN) January 9, 2018
He was known by fans as “Ko-Gami” and “The Little God.” He started playing with Babymetal in 2013.
His wife said that he fell from an observation deck Dec. 30 and died Jan. 5, reported NME.
— BABYMETAL FAN CLUB (@BABYMETAL__FC) January 8, 2018
He’s survived by his wife and daughters.
Babymetal released their first album in 2014, and they’re backed by the Kami Band, which is a series of session musicians who play heavy metal. Their second album was released in 2016.
The main Babymetal lineup is Suzuka Nakamoto as “Su-metal,” Yui Mizuno as “Yuimetal,” and Moa Kikuchi as “Moametal.” It’s a fusion of the Japanese “J-pop” genre and heavy metal.