Bassist Hal Patino suffers “mild” heart attack and unable to play with Maryann Cotton in Canada

Bassist Hal Patino suffers “mild” heart attack and unable to play with Maryann Cotton in Canada

Sad news from the Maryann Cotton camp as bassist Hal Patino and father of frontman Maryann Cotton has suffered a “mild” heart attack and has been hospitalized at a hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA since July 1, 2018. Given Patino‘s condition, he will be unable to play with Maryann Cotton during the singer’s three tour dates in Canada from July 6 to 11, 2018.

The following message was posted by Maryann Cotton on the band’s Facebook page earlier today:

“ATTENTION!!!

I’d like to take a minute to let everyone know what is going on…

As you all know we have started our Murder tour. We are currently in vegas headed to Canada, during our stay here my father, Hal Patino had a mild heart attack and has been hospitalized since Sunday July 1st at Desert Springs Hospital. He fainted during the day at around 1:30pm. When we admitted him to the hospital he had a blood pressure of 236 normal being 120. Due to his high blood pressure he will not be able to preform in Canada. We are not sure as of now if he will need surgery or not but we are keeping a close eye on him and hopefully he will be back to play the rest of the tour. This is a tough time for everyone, especially me but I am positive about his recovery.

We are working on getting a stand in for the Canada shows and due to this set back we really hope to give the fans a decent show.

Please keep my father in your prayers

Wikipedia states the following about Patino (with slight edits):

Hal Patino (born Hasso Patino in Las Vegas, Nevada) is an American bass guitar player, who has been a member of the King Diamond and Force of Evil metal bands. He also played in Blakk Totem, Maltese Falcon, Palladion and Doctor Butcher.

On May 4, 2010, the band Pretty Maids announced that Patino would be their new bass player, replacing Kenn Jackson. He left the band in early 2011, due to musical differences.

In 2013, Patino started the band Nordic Beast with John Norum and Mic Michaeli from the band Europe. The drummer is Mikkey Dee from Motörhead and the lead singer is Åge Sten Nilsen from Wig Wam.

Hal Patino also has a son, who is the lead singer of the band Maryann Cotton.

On July 19, 2014, King Diamond‘s official Facebook announced that “Hal Patino has been relieved of his duties” from the band.”

Patino also played on Ammunition‘s debut album Shanghaied released back in 2014.