According to a post on heavy metal band Riot’s official Facebook page, Mark Reale, founder and guitarist for the band, has passed away after a serious illness. Their official statement reads as follows:
“To friends and fans of Mark Reale and Riot,
We are deeply saddened to confirm that Mark has lost his battle with a lifelong illness.
Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated by Mark’s family, friends, and bandmates at this difficult time.”
Reale suffered with Crohn’s disease for most of his life, and had been in a coma since January 11th before finally succumbing to complications of the illness yesterday.