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Minnesota Loses A Metal Icon

It stings just a little more when Minnesota loses one of their own.

You guys know American Head Charge. Hell, some of you reading this right now may have very well shared the stage with them at some point – especially if you’re local. It brings me zero joy to inform you that after a battle with cancer, AHC bassist Chad Hanks has passed away at 46 years old this weekend.

While the Minnesota metal staples have yet to release an official joint statement, singer Cameron Heacock seemed to have said everything with a profile picture change.

Former guitarist Ted Hallows even shared somber thoughts.

At first, we didn’t know what Chad was battling. All we knew in recent months was that he was facing something “terminal” – but The PRP (and numerous friends) seemed to confirm that it was indeed that bitch cancer.

One of the most heartfelt tributes came from Rochester’s own Cody Hoffman (bassist for City of the Weak), who wrote on Facebook, “Rest easy my friend. Thankful for the times we spent together and am glad you are no longer in pain.” Cody had shared the stage with Chad before.

If you’d like to support the Minneapolis scene, and Chad, this is a great start.

On a personal note, I’d like to say this: Chad, thank you for contributing to the scene, representing Minnesota, and sharing the stage with so many others – thus, giving them a chance to succeed.

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