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Death Bassist Scott Clendenin Dead at Age 48

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death spirit crusher live 1998Horrible news: while we’re still reeling from last week’s lost of Twisted Sister/Adrenaline Mob drummer A.J. Pero, now another metal great has passed away. Scott Clendenin, who joined Death in 1996 (and was also in Chuck Schuldiner’s Control Denied for a spell) and appeared on the band’s final album, The Sound of Perseverance, has died at age forty-eight.

Eric Grief, Death’s manager, made the sad announcement via Facebook:

“With a sense of shock I’m letting all of you know of the passing today of former DEATH bassist Scott Clendenin. Scott had some health challenges in the last few years but was optimistic about his prospects. Of course he was the skilled player on The Sound of Perseverance DEATH album, and recently participated in two DTA live runs, in 2012 and 2013, including the highlight of his acoustic guitar in a poignant rendition of Voice of the Soul. Our thoughts go out to Scott’s family at this difficult time.”

There isn’t much we can add to Grief’s message, except to say that we saw Clendenin play with Death to All a couple of times over the course of the past few years, and he was as impressive as ever. He will be greatly missed.

[via Metal Insider]

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