Cause of death for Metal Church frontman Mike Howe deemed to be suicide

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Cause of death for Metal Church frontman Mike Howe deemed to be suicide

Four days ago, the world received the shock announcement that Metal Church frontman Mike Howe had passed away at the age of 55. ¬†At that time, Howe‘s cause of death had not yet been publicly revealed. We now know that Howe‘s death has been ruled a suicide from asphyxia due to hanging.

TMZ‘s website indicates in part:

“A spokesperson for the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Dept. tells TMZMike‘s official cause of death was determined to be asphyxia due to hanging. Officially, authorities are calling it a suicide.

As we reported … cops got the call Monday just after 10 AM in Eureka, CA for a report of an unexpected death at a home. When deputies arrived at the scene, we’re told they found Mike dead.

The Sheriff’s Dept. also told us alcohol and drugs were not believed to be factors in the 55-year-old singer’s death, and no controlled substances or paraphernalia were found in the home where he died.”

Howe was in Metal Church from 1988 to 1996 and again from 2015 to the day that he passed away.

Metal Church‘s “Date With Poverty” video (from The Human Factor album):