Metal Church Singer Mike Howe Cause of Death Officially Released

by Matthew Wilson

The sad circumstances surrounding the death of Metal Church lead vocalist Mike Howe continue to unfold. Authorities have released an official cause of death, according to TMZ.

The heavy metal singer reportedly committed suicide based on evidence at the scene. It’s heavy news for fans of the metal group and for Howe’s close friends and family. According to the outlet, authorities have officially ruled Howe’s death a suicide.

Howe joins an infamous club of musicians gone before their time due to their own hands. Grunge singer Kurt Cobain’s life ended in tragedy in 1994 and Elliott Smith’s in the early 2000s. Likewise, the rock world felt a double blow when Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell and Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington took their own lives.

According to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department, authorities ruled that Mike Howe hanged himself at his California home. They determined his death to be asphyxiation. Authorities first responded to a call from Howe’s home where they found the late singer.

Authorities also don’t believe that alcohol and drugs played a factor in Howe’s death. Additionally, no they found no drugs or paraphernalia in the house. Howe’s death shocked fans of the heavy metal group, many expressing sadness at his passing.

Metal Church Announces Mike Howe’s Death

Metal Church announced Mike Howe’s death on social media with a moving tribute. Both the band and Howe’s family have asked for privacy while mourning Howe’s passing. Howe’s bandmates describe his shocking passing as “devastating.” And many would agree.

“It is with our deepest regrets that we must announce the passing of our brother, our friend and true legend of heavy metal music,” the post read. “Mike Howe passed away this morning at his home in Eureka, California. We are devastated and at a loss for words. Please respect our privacy and the Howe family’s privacy during this most difficult time.”

Howe first joined Metal Church back in 1988, replacing singer David Wayne. With the band, Howe performed for almost a decade. But the group splintered in 1996 and Howe retired from music to pursue carpentry. In 2015, Metal Church officially reunited. Howe described that experience as therapeutic, allowing him to live his dream again.

“When Metal Church broke up it was a very sad thing. I loved being in Metal Church and I felt that was my identity,” he told Loudwire. “I left primarily because of the business of music and how difficult it was navigating management, record companies, and outside forces that were ruining the band and my love of music. When I quit Metal Church and went off the road, I felt damaged about music in general that I loved. I felt hurt and angry about it all.”