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Mike Howe has died at the age of 55, according to the band he is best known for performing with.
The heavy metal star was the lead singer of Metal Church and the band posted on social media on Monday night: "It is with our deepest regrets that we must announce the passing of our brother, our friend and true legend of heavy metal music.
"Mike Howe passed away this morning at his home in Eureka, California. We are devastated and at a loss for words. Please respect our privacy and the Howe family’s privacy during this most difficult time."
The cause of death is currently unknown.
Howe's first involvement in the music scene came as the singer for the Detroit-based band Hellion, which was later renamed Snair following a move to Los Angeles.
He than joined the band Heretic after it was formed in 1986.
Metal Church released a statement on Monday night confirming singer Mike Howe's death
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Two years later he left to join Metal Church and replaced David Wayne as the band's singer.
He was part of the set-up between 1988 and 1996.
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