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Madman guitarist Josh Martin, perhaps best known for his work in Massachusetts grindcore legends Anal Cunt from 1996 to 2011, has died. He was 45.
Martin, who also played in bands like Adolf Satan, Fukk, Impaled Northern Moonforest, and Failure Clinic, reportedly fell off a Providence Place escalator late Monday (May 28) near the mall’s food court.
“According to Providence Police, the man fell off an escalator from the upper level to the food court area around 10:45 p.m., sustaining severe head trauma,” reports WPRI. “He later died from his injuries. Officials say the incident appears to be completely accidental and there is no indication that the victim intentionally jumped or was pushed.”
WPRI did not cite Martin in its report, but Vanyaland has confirmed with the musician’s friends that it was him who took the fatal fall last night. No other details surrounding his death are available at press time, though foul play has reportedly been ruled out.
Martin made news back in November 2017 when he heckled Gene Simmons during a show at Providence’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium. During a segment where Simmons was handed a key to the city by a Providence politician, Martin yelled things like “Is this a fucking joke?” and “Ace is better than this!” before Simmons rushed out to alledgedy try and fight him.
Martin was currently living in Pawtucket, according to his Facebook page.
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