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Kirk Arrington, Former Metal Church Drummer, Dead at 61


Former Metal Church drummer Kirk Arrington has died, aged 61, according to a post from his ex-band on their Facebook page.

“We just received the sad news, Kirk Arrington passed away this morning due to health issues. RIP in brother! See you on the other side….#RIP #legend #gonetoosoon #MetalChurch #drummer”.

Arrington played with Metal Church during their initial run from 1981 to 1995 and again with them when they reunited in 1998 until 2006, when he left the band due to health issues surrounding diabetes. He played on seven full-length albums with Metal Church, including all of their classic era.

Sadly, Arrington is not the first member of Metal Church to pass away. Most recently former singer Mike Howe died in 2021. MetalSucks extends our condolences to Arrington’s family, friends and bandmates.

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