Former Sebastian Bach drummer Mark ‘Bam Bam’ McConnell has died, reportedly due to kidney and liver failure. McConnell drummed with former Skid Row singer Bach between 1997 and 2005, and also performed as a member of the band Blackfoot in 2006 and 2007.

It was just yesterday that Bach revealed his friend and former bandmate was “fighting for his life,” with another friend stating that the drummer’s liver and kidneys had shut down, causing partial brain damage due to the swelling.

It was hoped that his health was improving, but Metal Insider quotes a Facebook post from a member of McConnell’s family confirming the sad news:

“Mark passed at 9:42 this morning surrounded by family and close friends. We will miss him…he was precious to all of us and touched all our hearts deeply and profoundly. On behalf of our family thank you to all of you for your prayers and support. We will post more info when we’ve had a chance to catch our breaths.”

The outpouring of love and memories from friends and fans following the sad news is of course heartbreaking, but also quite touching, as you can see for yourself on his Facebook wall.

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