Mitch Lucker, singer for the Riverside heavy metal band Suicide Silence, died Thursday morning, Nov. 1, after being in a motorcycle crash Wednesday night.
The Orange County coroner’s office said Lucker was pronounced dead at 6:17 a.m. Thursday at UCI Medical Center in Orange County.
Coroner’s officials said Lucker was hospitalized after a motorcycle accident shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday. Huntington Beach police were investigating the crash and expected to release details Thursday morning.
The 28-year-old lived in Huntington Beach but grew up in Riverside, where the band formed a decade ago from friends who knew each other in the local music scene, playing venues such as the now-defunct Showcase Theater in Corona.
The band’s debut album, “The Cleansing,” came out in 2007 and was followed by two other albums, including 2011’s “The Black Crown,” which was written in Big Bear.
Suicide Silence toured on the Mayhem Festival in 2008 and 2011 and also earned two consecutive Revolver Golden Gods Awards, for most innovative band and best new band.
Suicide Silence had recently signed to Nuclear Blast Records and, as of last week, had begun work on a new album. Bloody-Disgusting premiered their video for “Genocide” to support Saw VI.
“We wanted to make this aggressive, heavy or fast music. It’s fun to play; it’s something to do on a summer’s night, because there’s nothing to do. It’s like, ‘Yeah, let’s have a show.’ That means everyone gets together,” Lucker said in a 2011 interview.
The band was scheduled to perform at California Metalfest VI in San Bernardino on Saturday, Nov. 24.