Bill Rieflin dead: How did Bill Rieflin die? Cause of death revealed

  • Bill Rieflin dead: How did Bill Rieflin die? Cause of death revealed

Bill Rieflin dead: How did Bill Rieflin die? Cause of death revealed

How did Bill Rieflin die? "Fly well, Brother Bill!". By Tuesday evening, social media was flooded with tributes from fans and Rieflin's musician friends sharing warm memories of the in-demand drummer for hire, who got his start in the '70s with Seattle punk bands the Telepaths and the Blackouts. "My life is immeasurably richer for knowing you".

It was in Ministry, though, that Rieflin first made his impact, joining the industrial unit in 1986. He made his studio debut with the band on the pivotal The Land of Rape and Honey and remained in Ministry through 1995, contributing to the classic records The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste and Psalm 69.

Beyond Ministry, the drummer - who also served as a multi-instrumentalist - worked with such industrial-minded acts as KMFDM, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Pigface, Revolting Cocks, Lard and many more over the years. He worked with the group from 2003 through its disbanding in 2011, as well as the Minus 5, a band (occasionally featuring Buck) that was formed by fellow R.E.M. auxiliary member Scott McCaughney, as well as a project called Slow Music with Buck and Crimson founder Robert Fripp, and a project called the Humans with Fripp and Fripp's wife, singer Toyah Wilcox.

In 2013, Rieflin joined Robert Fripp in King Crimson, working alongside the act until the drummer took an indefinite hiatus past year. In a post on Facebook, Fripp wrote, "A call from Tracy Rieflin in Seattle". "He is among all the fine points of the stars and we are looking up with love- and with our own reverence for his beauty, his humor, his relentless curiosity and of course his incredible musical ear, his time here with us so precious and golden". His attentiveness to that song then and there indicated a lot to me about what it would be to work with Bill- which commenced to create some magical and handsome collaborations and life long friendships.

Everyone at Kerrang! sends their hearts out to Bill and his family, friends, collaborators and fans during this hard time.