Bruce Corbitt’s life was certainly more metal than most. The singer for thrash metal actsRigor Mortisand Warbeast was stabbed at one of his own shows, watched a bandmate die onstage, and later survived a heart attack. But on January 25th, Corbitt succumbed to a nearly two-year battle with cancer. He was 56.
Corbitt was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in May 2017, and spent the last 20 months of his life playing out a public battle with the disease, as he chronicled his many rounds of chemotherapy and struggles with insurance providers on social media. He had been selected for a clinical trial at the end of last year, but entered hospice care earlier this month.
Tributes poured in from around the metal world, including from Philip Anselmo, the singer for local rivals Pantera and the best man at Corbitt’s wedding in 2012. “I have so much I could say about Bruce, and I will eventually, but for right now all I can say is I send my love to his wife, his daughter, and his mother, everybody that was close to him,” Anselmo said in a video tribute last Friday. “Over the next few days, just find it in your heart to think about Bruce and his family and his music and his impact on heavy metal and music in general.”
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