Mike Howe, longtime vocalist of the West Coast thrash/speed/power metal band Metal Church, has passed away at age 55. No cause of death has been given. The band broke the news, writing:
It is with our deepest regrets that we must announce the passing of our brother, our friend and true legend of heavy metal music. Mike Howe passed away this morning at his home in Eureka, California. We are devastated and at a loss for words. Please respect our privacy and the Howe family’s privacy during this most difficult time.