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Bolt Thrower drummer passes away

18 September 2015 | 11:30 am | Staff Writer
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In sad news, Bolt Thrower have informed fans of the unexpected passing of well-loved drummer Martin 'Kiddie' Kearns.

In sad news, Bolt Thrower have informed fans of the unexpected passing of well-loved drummer Martin 'Kiddie' Kearns.

Kearns passed away in his sleep earlier this week. He was 38.

An official statement reads:

"With the heaviest of hearts, and still numb from shock, we have to share the very sad news that on Monday 14th September Bolt Thrower lost our powerhouse drummer, Martin ‘Kiddie’ Kearns.

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After the first rehearsal for our upcoming tour of Australia, Kiddie suddenly felt unwell which continued throughout the night, and the next day he passed away peacefully in his sleep.

He was a fantastic Dad, husband, son, friend, but to us he was always ‘Kiddie’, the same 17 year old Coventry kid whose drumming style and personality blew us away when he first walked into our rehearsal room 20+ years ago.

Kiddie enriched our lives, and the Bolt Thrower sound. He leaves a massive hole in the lives of everyone who knew him and will be very sorely missed by many.

Karl, Jo, Baz, Gav & the loyal BT crew"

Understandably, promoters have cancelled Bolt Thrower's upcoming Australian tour.