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Hideki Yoshimura, vocalist and guitarist of noise-punk band Bloodthirsty Butchers has died of acute heart failure at age 46, it was announced Thursday.

Yoshimura passed away May 27 and his family held a private funeral service, according to the band’s official website.

Record label King Records said all Bloodthirsty Butchers concerts and festival appearances in June and July have been canceled.

According to a statement on the band’s homepage, Bloodthirsty Butchers had recently completed a new album that Yoshimura had called his “masterpiece,” and proof that “hardcore is still here!”

The Bloodthirsty Butchers formed in Hokkaido in 1987. Their last release was a collection of 12 CDs and one DVD titled “Chi ni Ueta Shihan Seiki” (“A Bloodthirsty Quarter Century”), for their 25th anniversary.

The four-piece appeared on the White Stage at the Fuji Rock Festival in 2010 and have performed with overseas acts such as Fugazi, Beck and The Flaming Lips.

In line with COVID-19 guidelines, the government is strongly requesting that residents and visitors exercise caution if they choose to visit bars, restaurants, music venues and other public spaces.

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