R.I.P. Fleshgrind Vocalist Rich Lipscomb

"Please remember Rich in your thoughts, not only for all he's done for death metal, but for his family and friends who are grieving"
R.I.P. Fleshgrind Vocalist Rich Lipscomb
Rich Lipscomb — vocalist and co-founder of defunct Chicago death metal outfit Fleshgrind — has died. The band confirmed the vocalist passed away Thursday (February 25) on social media, though a cause of death was not revealed. He was 52.

"With immense grief we are sad to announce that vocalist Rich Lipscomb has passed away," the band shared in a statement. "Rich was the voice and face of Fleshgrind and this loss is completely shocking and devastating. Please remember Rich in your thoughts, not only for all he's done for death metal, but for his family and friends who are grieving. We'll miss you Big Daddy! You were absolutely irreplaceable!"

Lipscomb formed Fleshgrind with drummer Dave Barbolla in March of 1993. Following a pair of early self-released demos, Fleshgrind made their debut with 1997's Destined for Defilement.

Sophomore effort The Seeds of Abysmal Torment would follow in 2000, while the band's studio output would be capped with 2003's Murder Without End.

Fleshgrind officially disbanded in 2005.