Hundreds of fans gathered Thursday night in Huntington Beach to remember Mitch Lucker, the 28-year-old frontman of deathcore band Suicide Silence who died earlier in the day from injuries he suffered during a motorcycle crash.
The Riverside native crashed his motorcycle shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday. Lucker was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange, where he was pronounced dead Thursday, police said.
Condolences poured onto the Suicide Silence Facebook page, where the band posted this message:
"There's no easy way to say this. Mitch passed away earlier this morning from injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident. This is completely devastating to all of us and we offer our deepest condolences to his family. He will be forever in our hearts.
"R.I.P. Mitchell Adam Lucker - We Love You Brother"
Lucker was apparently in the midst of creating new songs for Suicide Silence, which had been growing in popularity and has more than 2 million Facebook fans.
The band made its debut in the early 2000s and its latest release in July 2011 "sold quite a bit," according to Rodney Ford with Amoeba Music. Ford described Suicide Silence as falling into a new genre of music dubbed deathcore, a mix between death metal and hardcore punk.
The band from Southern California was given the Golden Gods award for best new talent by Revolver magazine in 2009, according to Reuters.
Lucker tweeted this on Oct. 12: "Currently working on new @suicidesilence songs. Be #stoked #i<3myjob"
On Wednesday night, Lucker reportedly lost control of his motorcycle and collided with a light pole on the west side of Main at 13th streets, Huntington Beach police Sgt. Jon Haught told City News Service.
After colliding with the pole, the motorcycle continued south on Main Street and slammed into a black 2007 Nissan Titan pickup truck, northbound on Main, Haught said.
The occupants of the Titan and nearby trick-or-treaters avoided injury, Haught said.
The cause of the collision was still under investigation. Anyone with information was asked to call police at (714) 536-5666.
Thursday night's memorial was held in Huntington Beach, where Lucker lived with his wife and 5-year-old daughter.
But, according to Lucker's father Michael, the 28 year old's "heart was for his hometown" in the Inland Empire.