The Jakarta Post
Babymetal guitaris Mikio Fujioka performs on stage. (twitter.com/BABYMETAL_JAPAN/File)
Guitarist of Japan-based metal idol band Babymetal, Mikio Fujioka, has passed away at the age of 36.
The news of his passing was announced on the band’s social media accounts on Tuesday.
“We hope that he is now with his guitar master A. Holdsworth and enjoying an epic guitar session with him,” read a statement, citing British guitarist Allan Holdsworth who passed away in 2017.
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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According to Billboard, Fujioka who had toured with Babymetal since 2013 passed away on Friday due to injuries sustained after falling from an observation deck in December.
Formed in 2010, Babymetal formally consists of three female members, namely Su-Metal, Yuimetal and Moametal. Aside from performing at Nippon Budokan in 2014, they also became the opening act in Red Hot Chili Peppers' UK tour in 2016 and special guest in Metallica's concert in Korea. (wir/kes)