BABYMETAL guitarist Mikio Fujioka recently succumbed to injuries sustained from a fall. The Kami Band member passed away on Friday, Jan. 5; he was 36 years old. As Consequence of Sound reported, Fujioka’s wife confirmed Mikio’s death on Tuesday (Jan. 9) via Twitter. According to his wife’s tweet, Fujioka fell from a astronomical observation tower on Dec. 30 and died four days later. He was surrounded by his family, including his two daughters. BABYMETAL bid their friend a fond farewell with a tweet. You can read BABYMETAL’s tweet below.
Fujioka was a classically trained musician--graduating from the Musicians Institute of Osaka at 19--and an accomplished guitar player. Fujioka joined BABYMETAL’s Kami Band in 2013 and was known to fans as Ko-Gami, which translates to “The Little God.” The guitarist also played in the band MMM with fellow Kami Band member Yuya Maeta as well as another group called Trick Box. You can check out some of “The Little God’s” best moments above.
The “Little” Guitar Kami of #BABYMETAL ‘s #Kamiband has passed away in the METAL GALAXIES. We hope that he is now with his GUITAR MASTER A.Holdsworth and enjoying an epic guitar session with him.— BABYMETAL (@BABYMETAL_JAPAN) January 9, 2018
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