Babymetal Guitarist Mikio Fujioka Dies At 36

Sad news to share this morning. Babymetal guitarist Mikio “Ko-Gami” Fujioka has died at 36 years old. While a cause of death has yet to be revealed, Metro.co.uk reports that the guitarist fell from an observation deck on December 30. Afterwards, his condition “rapidly deteriorated” and he reportedly died on January 5.

The band broke the news on their Facebook page earlier today (Jan. 9) saying:

The “Little” Guitar Kami of #BABYMETAL ‘s #Kamiband has passed away in the METAL GALAXIES. We hope that he is now with…

Posted by BABYMETAL on Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Fujioka was Babymetal’s longtime lead guitarist. He first performed with the band in 2013 and continued playing with them as their popularity skyrocketed.

Our hearts go out to Mikio Fujioka’s friends and family during this difficult time.

Ashley Perez Hollingsworth

Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, The Crypt 1331, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Reality-Comics. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Marilyn Manson, and Green Day.

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