It came out just over a week ago that Riot guitarist Mark Reale had been hospitalized due to symptoms of Crohn’s disease. Now the 57-year-old has died. From Metal Underground:

He had battled the disease for most of his life, and was bravely attempting to practice to perform with the band at their scheduled shows, before his condition worsened.

Read more, including a statement from the band right here.

Though Riot was never a household name, there is widespread reaction in guitar circles to Reale’s passing. From Marty Friedman’s Facebook feed:

Rock City, Narita and Fire Down Under are 3 of my favorite albums of all time. I wore all 3 of them out and have loads of great memories attached to all those great songs. Thank you for the music. Friends please take care of yourselves.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Reale died in San Antonio after having been in a coma. Read that account right here.

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