Mikio Fujioka – BABYMETAL (Jan. 5)
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BABYMETAL guitarist Mikio Fujioka has died at 36

January 9, 2018
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[Photo by: babymetal_official/Instagram]

BABYMETAL have announced that their guitarist, Mikio Fujioka, has died at the age of 36.

“The 'Little' Guitar Kami of #BABYMETAL's #Kamiband has passed away in the METAL GALAXIES. We hope that he is now with his GUITAR MASTER A.Holdsworth and enjoying an epic guitar session with him,” they shared in a heartfelt Instagram post.

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His wife announced his death through his Twitter account, explaining that he “fell from a height” on December 30 and died January 5 surrounded by members of his family.

Mikio had toured as part of BABYMETAL's Kami Band since 2013.

Our thoughts are with Fujioka's family and loved ones at this time.

Written by Maggie Dickman