X Japan’s Bassist Heath Dies at Age 55

Heath of the band X Japan

Bass gamer Heath of the band X Japan, does on the Sahara phase throughout week 1, day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 14, 2018 in Indio, California.

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Heath, the bassist of famous Japanese rock band X Japan, passed away on Oct. 29 after a fight with colon cancer cells. He was 55 years of ages.

The information of his fatality was introduced in a declaration provided by the band on Friday (Nov. 19). “His cancer was found during an examination in June of this year. Despite his efforts to battle the disease, his condition declined suddenly in October, and he took his last breath in the hospital,” the declaration checks out. Additionally, the band keeps in mind that Heath’s funeral service will certainly be personal and gone to by prompt member of the family just, which his family members requests any type of check outs, contributions or blossoms to be held back.

Heath played bass for X Japan from 1992 up till the band’s split in 1997, and rejoined with the team in 2007. He was with the team via the launches of cds like 1993’s Art of Life and 1996’s Dahlia. In 2018, the team done at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

X Japan’s frontman Yoshiki Hayashi likewise shared an individual declaration of grieving to his Instagram web page, creating, “He was such a fantastic bass gamer, a band participant, and a fantastic human.

“Heath and I got closer than ever over this past year,” he proceeded. “On my birthday last year, he appeared as a guest on my program, and we talked endlessly afterwards in my dressing room. There was also a time after that when we talked on the phone for hours until daybreak. This summer, on August 20th, Heath performed as a guest at my dinner show. How could I have known that that would be my last performance with him? I couldn’t help make Heath’s wishes come true, and for that I feel fully responsible. I apologized to him when I bid farewell.”

Yoshiki’s declaration proceeds, “Speaking as Yoshiki personally, I am so mentally and physically drained, so drenched in sorrow, that I don’t know what to say right now. I feel that if I stop now, I won’t be able to go any further, so I’m immersing myself in my busy schedule. But as the leader of the band, there are still some things that I must do. Heath’s family conveyed his words to me: ‘Don’t be sad,’ he said. ‘Cheer up, and say goodbye to me with a smile.’ Heath also requested that I, Yoshiki, be in charge of his memorial concert. I will discuss this further with his family to make sure that that is accomplished. There are also several things I need to fight for in order to make that happen.”

He ended, “My story with Heath keeps going on and on. I wish I knew how to express the depth of my feelings here, but first I need to learn how to live with this profound loss. I will have more to say in the future. Thank you for everything, Heath. And may you rest in peace. I hope that someday we can play music together again.”

Read Yoshiki’s complete declaration here.



Japan, Music News, Obituary, Rock

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