Babymetal guitarist Mikio Fujioka passes away age 36

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.

Fujioka had been with Babymetal for the past five years, essentially as a touring guitarist. The band’s tours took them to the far corners of the globe; they even opened for Guns N’ Roses and Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2017.