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Massive Attack Guitarist: Dead At 62

Massive Attack‘s guitarist, who also played with The Numbers, Rimshots and The Blue Aeroplanes, Angelo Bruschini has passed way at the age of 62 after battling lung cancer.

On Tuesday (10.24,) the band shared the tragedy via a social media writing “A singularly brilliant and eccentric talent. Impossible to quantify your contribution to the Massive Attack canon.” “How lucky we were to share such a life together.”

Bruschini was best known for his unique style of guitar playing for the trip-hop collective – including Robert ‘3D’ Del Naja, Adrian ‘Tricky’ Thaws and Grant ‘Daddy G’ Marshall – most notably on their seminal 1998 album ‘Mezzanine’, which featured the Top 10 single ‘Teardrop’.

In addition to the Massive Attack tribute, the Blue Aeroplanes took to their Facebook page with “We are devastated to announce the passing of our brother Angelo Bruschini.” “Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. Rest In Peace Ange x.”

Angelo joined Massive Attack in 1995 as touring member and also contributed to their 2003 record ‘100th Window’ alongside the recently departed Sinead O’Connor. And, it was in July that he was diagnosed with cancer and suggested writing a book about his amazing life. At the time he wrote:

“Twice now I have been told ‘Good luck’ by specialists at the hospital over lung cancer, I think I’m f*****. Had a great life, seen the world many many times, met lots of wonderful people, but the door is closing, think I will write a book.”

In addition to his guitar playing, the Bristol-born star is also known for producing alt-rockers Strangelove’s 1997 self-titled album. 

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Author: Saul Goode

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