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Japanese metal megastars Babymetal have lamented the loss of their guitarist Mikio Fujioka, who has passed away at the age of 36.
The band confirmed Fujioka’s loss on Twitter, posting that the guitarist had “passed away into the METAL GALAXIES”, before ending the tweet by quoting the lyrics to their song ‘The One’, reading “We are the one. Together. We’re the only one. You are the one. Forever.”
— BABYMETAL (@BABYMETAL_JAPAN) January 9, 2018
Fujioka was known by both fans and bandmates as both ‘Ko-Gami’, and ‘The Little God’, and had been playing and touring with the band since 2013.
The late guitarist’s death was confirmed by his wife, who says that he fell from an observation deck whilst stargazing on December 30, before passing away on January 5. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.