Massive Attack’s Guitarist Angelo Bruschini Dies After Lung Cancer Battle
Massive Attack's Angelo Bruschini has died.
The guitarist — who also played with The Numbers, Rimshots and The Blue Aeroplanes — had been battling lung cancer.
Sharing the tragic news in a social media statement on Tuesday (Oct. 24), the band wrote in a touching tribute: "A singularly brilliant and eccentric talent. Impossible to quantify your contribution to the Massive Attack canon.
"How lucky we were to share such a life together."
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The musician was known for his unique style of guitar playing for the trip-hop collective — which comprises Robert "3D" Del Naja, Adrian "Tricky" Thaws and Grant "Daddy G" Marshall — notably on their seminal 1998 LP Mezzanine, which featured the Top 10 single "Teardrop."
The Blue Aeroplanes also posted on their Facebook page: “We are devastated to announce the passing of our brother Angelo Bruschini.
“Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. Rest In Peace Ange x.”
Angelo — who joined Massive Attack in 1995 as touring member and also contributed to their 2003 record 100th Window alongside the recently departed Sinead O’Connor — revealed in July that he was diagnosed with the deadly disease and suggested he would write a book about his amazing life.
He wrote at the time: “Twice now I have been told ‘Good luck’ by specialists at the hospital over lung cancer, I think I’m f*****. Had a great life, seen the world many many times, met lots of wonderful people, but the door is closing, think I will write a book.”
The Bristol-born star is also known for producing alt-rockers Strangelove's 1997 self-titled album.
An official cause of death is not known at the time of writing.
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