Mark Adams, Original Saint Vitus Bassist, Dead at 64


Bassist Mark Adams, best known for his long tenure with doom metal legends Saint Vitus, died on May 23 following a long struggle with Parkinson’s, according to guitarist Dave Chandler. He was 64.

Chandler posted a tribute to his friend and bandmate:

“This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to write. I found out last night. I can’t say it out loud. I’m heartbroken to inform everyone that my best friend and co – founder of Saint Vitus Mark Adams has passed away. The details are vague, as I haven’t actually spoken with the family yet. He left us May 23 2023 peacefully in his sleep. I’m trying to contact anyone in the family to find out more.

“Mark was the best person I’ve ever met. He was kind to everyone, even those who did him wrong. Never had a bad word to say about anyone. Always found the good in everything no matter how bad it was. A great guy to be around. Nothing will ever be the same.

“God bless you my dear friend. I love you

“Mark Anthony Adams. 1958 – 2023.”

Drummer Henry Vasquez also posted about Adams’ passing:

“With an extremely heavy heart, I was notified this evening of the passing of one of my best friends Mark Adams. He played bass for Saint Vitus, was a great, supportive and loyal friend to the end. I hated seeing him suffer from Parkinson. I’ll miss you, Mark. Godspeed.”

Adams played in every incarnation of Saint Vitus until he stepped down in 2016 as well as the pre-Saint Vitus band Tyrant. MetalSucks sends our condolences to his friends, family and former bandmates.

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