The most shocking death so far in this first week is country singer Craig Strickland and his buddy Chase Morland was killed while on a duck hunt on December 27th, 2015. There was a massive storm that caused their boat to capsized and, based on finding Morland's body in the river, they think he immediately drowned. Strickland, on the other hand, was able to swim to shore... only to later expire due to extreme weather exposure.
The one shining light is that Strickland's dog, Sam, survived the ordeal.
Strickland's band Backroad Anthem will hold a tribute concert to their fallen friend and singer at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville on January 17th (based on the fact that they sold out their January 16th date at the same venue, you may want to get tickets as soon as possible if you live in the area).
In other death news, Jason Mackenroth, the former drummer for Rollins Band (and apparently also drummed for Mother Superior for a time), passed away at home in Henderson, Nevada, on Sunday, January 3, 2016 after a nearly four-year battle with prostate cancer.
Mackenroth would later form his band Mack (not to be confused with Mack 10), as well as spent more than eight years with Blue Man Group. Despite his illness to prostate cancer, Mackenroth was still dedicated to play with BMG, as the band ended its January 3rd show with a tribute to Mackenroth.
If you would like to donate or be part of his extended family, a GoFundMe.com page was set up to help cover his passing and funeral expenses.
Musicians who died in 2016 (so far):
- [28 Jan 2016] Paul Kantner (Jefferson Airplane), 74, multiple organ failure
- [26 Jan 2016] Black, 53, traffic accident
- [24 Jan 2016] Jimmy Bain (Rainbow), 68, pneumonia
- [23 Jan 2016] Cadalack Ron, 34, unknown
- [22 Jan 2016] Alec Wishart (Hogsnort Rupert), 76, lung cancer
- [20 Jan 2016] Lee Abramson, 45, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- [18 Jan 2016] Glenn Frey (Eagles), 67, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia
- [18 Jan 2016] Pablo Manavello, 65, unknown
- [18 Jan 2016] Andy Dog (artist for The The), 57, brain tumor
- [17 Jan 2016] Mic Gillette (Tower of Power), 64, heart attack
- [17 Jan 2016] Dale Griffin (Mott the Hoople), 67, Alzheimer's disease
- [17 Jan 2016] Blowfly, 76, liver cancer
- [16 Jan 2016] Hubert Giraud, 94, unknown
- [16 Jan 2016] Carina Jaarnek (Frösöflickorna), 53, cerebral haemorrhage
- [16 Jan 2016] Gary Loizzo (The American Breed), 70, pancreatic cancer
- [15 Jan 2016] Pete Huttlinger, 54, stroke.
- [14 Jan 2016] René Angélil (Celine Dion's manager/husband), 73, throat cancer
- [14 Jan 2016] Franco Oppo, 80, unknown
- [10 Jan 2016] David Bowie, 69, cancer
- [10 Jan 2016] John Berry (Idaho), 51, natural causes
- [10 Jan 2016] Hernán Gamboa (Serenata Guayanesa), 69, cancer
- [09 Jan 2016] Robert McAllister (Iron Chic), 36, unknown
- [09 Jan 2016] Jānis Vaišļa (Pirates of the Sea), 46, cardiac amyloidosis
- [08 Jan 2016] Brett Smiley, 60, HIV and hepatitis
- [08 Jan 2016] Otis Clay, 73, heart attack
- [08 Jan 2016] Red Simpson, 81, heart attack
- [07 Jan 2016] Kitty Kallen, 94, unknown
- [07 Jan 2016] Troy Shondell, 76, Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease
- [06 Jan 2016] Nicholas Caldwell (The Whispers), 71, heart problems
- [04 Jan 2016] Craig Strickland (Backroad Anthem), 29, hypothermia (Body found on January 4)
- [04 Jan 2016] Long John Hunter, 84, natural causes
- [04 Jan 2016] Robert Stigwood (manager of The Bee Gees, Cream), 81, unknown
- [04 Jan 2016] Achim Mentzel, 69, stroke
- [03 Jan 2016] Jason Mackenroth (Rollins Band, Blue Man Group), 46, prostate cancer
- [02 Jan 2016] Michel Delpech, 69, cancer