Dead People You Should Know: Mitch Lucker

Who was Mitchell Adam Lucker? Most people don’t know who he was and what he was known for. Mitch Lucker was the singer for my favorite band. He was an American musician and lead singer for the deathcore band Suicide Silence. He was born on October 20, 1984. He grew up in Riverside, California with his parents and siblings. Mitch started performing in his brother’s garage band in his teen years, covering a Hatebreed song he knew when they needed a vocalist. Soon after that, he started his own band Suicide Silence. The band started in 2002. He had a passion for music that was unstoppable. He was inspired by the careers of other extreme metal singers like Chris Barnes. The band’s debut album The Cleansing became one of the biggest selling Century Media releases with 7,250 copies sold in the first week. On May 8th, 2010 Mith Lucker married Jolie Carmadella after she had their daughter, Kenadee Lucker

Mitch was known for his collection of tattoos covering his arms, torso, neck, throat, hands, fingers, and even his face. The only place he refused to get a tattoo was his back. He said, “I like seeing the artwork because it is artwork.” The tattoo he had on his face was one of the last tattoos he got. The tattoo was the Japanese kangi symbol for the word “strength.”  Lucker's signature black bars that he has on each of his fingers were cover-up tattoos. The original finger tattoos he had across his fingers was “FORXVER” Lucker stated he witnessed too many people bearing this exact tattoo, and as a result he had the black bars tattooed over each letter.

On November 1, 2012, the Orange County Coroner’s office announced that Mitchell Lucker died from injuries sustained after a motorcycle accident. Mitch was only 28 years old. One report stated that Mitchell crashed his motorcycle shortly after an argument with his wife.  She begged him not to leave.  Another report stated that Jolie and Kenadee tried to follow him by car. She showed up at the accident and stated that she was his wife. Mitch never woke up and was taken off life support soon after. He was only 28 years old. After his death, many of his fans and fellow musicians held a candlelight vigil for him to remember him. His Suicide Silence band mates held a memorial show titled “Ending Is the Beginning” on December 21, 2012. It took place at the Fox Theater in Pomona, California. It served to benefit his daughter, Kenadee Lucker, for her future education costs, and the band also started a fund that to this day still provides donations for Mitch’s daughter. Mitch’s lasting influence were his fans. His fans supported him and his music, and he was like a support system for them. Some of his fans felt like his music has helped them so much with coping with depression and suicide.  They say his music “saved” them.

My name is Gabrielle Clapper. I go to Truman High School. I am in Key Club and DWA.

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