RIP: Late Babymetal Guitarist Mikio Fujioka's Best Guitar Moments

Joann Johnston
January 12, 2018

Death is nobody's friend.

The guitarist for the Japanese heavy metal band Babymetal has died, according to reports.

He was known by fans as "Ko-Gami" and "The Little God".

In a statement on Fujioka's Twitter profile, his wife said that the musician's condition had deteriorated on 5 Jan, and he had died with his two daughters beside him. Both the band and Fujioka's wife confirmed his passing on social media today (January 9).

"‪The "Little" Guitar Kami of #BABYMETAL 's #Kamiband has passed away in the METAL GALAXIES".

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Babymetal's post concluded with a salute to guitar virtuoso Allan Holdsworth (who died last year) and a quote from Babymetal's song "The One:" "We are the one".

Mikio was a talented guitarist who graduated from the Musicians Institute of Osaka in 2000 at the age of 19; he had released several albums and also toured with Trick Box and MMM.

In their social media posts, the group concluded with a salute to Allan Holdsworth, a guitar virtuoso who died past year.

"We are the one".

"We are the one / Together / We're the only one / You are the one/Forever".

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