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Ed­die ‘Chank’ Wil­lis June 3, 1936 – Au­gust 20, 2018

Mis­sis­sippi-born Wil­lis was an Amer­i­can soul mu­si­cian who played guitar and elec­tric si­tar for Mo­town Records’ in-house stu­dio group, The Funk Broth­ers, dur­ing the 1960s and early 1970s. He ap­peared on The Supremes’ You Keep Me Hangin’ On, Stevie Won­der’s My Cherie Amour and The Marvelettes’ Please Mr Post­man, among other hits. Aged 82, he had been suf­fer­ing from po­lio.

Mark ‘The Shark’ Shel­ton

De­cem­ber 3, 1957 – July 27, 2018

Mark ‘The Shark’ has died in a Ger­man hos­pi­tal just hours af­ter his band, the Kansas-based heavy me­tal group Manilla Road, ap­peared at the Head­bangers Open Air Festival. Shel­ton co-founded Manilla Road in 1977. His band­mate, vo­cal­ist Bryan Pa­trick, re­vealed that the guitarist suf­fered a heart at­tack and “felt no pain”. He was 60 years old.

Randy Ram­page Fe­bru­ary 21, 1960 – Au­gust 14, 2018

Cel­e­brated within the realms of hard­core punk and heavy me­tal,

Bri­tish Columbia na­tive Ram­page – real name Ran­dall Des­mond Archibald – was the front­man of two noted yet dif­fer­ing Cana­dian groups, D.O.A. and An­ni­hi­la­tor. He en­joyed two spells with the lat­ter and ap­peared on their Alice In Hell al­bum in 1989. The 58-year-old died of a heart at­tack.

Jill Janus

Septem­ber 2, 1975 – Au­gust 14, 2018

The world of heavy me­tal was shocked by the sui­cide of Janus, the lead singer of the Cal­i­for­nian band Hun­tress, at the ten­der age of 42. Di­ag­nosed with bipo­lar dis­or­der dur­ing her early teens, Janus spoke in her in­ter­views of men­tal health is­sues. She also sang with the fe­male me­tal/hard-rock cov­ers acts The Star­break­ers and Chelsea Girls.

Spencer P Jones Oc­to­ber 28, 1956 – Au­gust 21, 2018

A sta­ple of sev­eral Aus­tralian bands, no­tably the al­ter­na­tive blues-rock­ers Beasts Of Bour­bon, New Zealand-born Spencer Pa­trick Jones also is­sued ten solo al­bums. The self-taught mu­si­cian was di­ag­nosed with liver can­cer in June af­ter fight­ing poor health since 2015. Hav­ing been in pal­lia­tive care for the last few months, he was 61 years old at the time of his pass­ing.

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