Ministry's Mike Scaccia Was Told He Had Five Years To Live

(TeamRock Radio) Late Ministry guitarist Mike Scaccia's doctors told him before his death that he'd be lucky to live another five years. His friend and Rigor Mortis bandmate Bruce Corbitt recalls the night Scaccia collapsed onstage in 2012 while playing a show celebrating vocalist Corbitt's birthday. He later died in hospital.

And Corbitt says that, looking back on discussions he had with Scaccia - as well as some out-of-character behaviour in the hours before his death - he should have known something was wrong.

Corbitt tells Robb's Metalworks: "There was this one haunting thing he said to me one time. He said doctors had told him he was probably not gonna live another five years. I think back to the last few days and the last practice we had, a couple of nights before. We were worn out and tired. He said, 'I will be glad when this show is over and I can get back and hang with my family.'

"I remember I was ready to do some shots before we started the show. He kept putting it off, and that's not the Mike Scaccia I knew. I see now that those last few days, Mike wasn't feeling very good. He probably didn't want to play that show that night but he was gonna make sure that he came through for my birthday.

"I've got footage of that night and it's creepy to watch, but now I watch it in amazement because before he passed away he was up there playing just about better than I'd ever seen him in my life. He went out doing what he loved to do." Read more and stream the interview here.

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