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BABYMETAL GUITARIST MIKIO FUJIOKA DIES AGED 36

Babymetal guitarist Mikio Fujioka, who played in the Kami Band, the backing group for the Japanese band, has died at the age of 36.

He was better known to Babymetal fans as Ko-Gami, or The Little God. His wife announced his passing via his official Twitter account, saying that he fell from a height on 30th December while at an observation deck and passed away on January 5th.

Babymetal tweeted:

“The ‘Little’ Guitar Kami of #BABYMETAL’s #Kamiband has passed away in the METAL GALAXIES. We hope that he is now with his GUITAR MASTER A.Holdsworth and enjoying an epic guitar session with him. We are the one, Together, We’re the only one, You are the one, Forever, #RIP #THEONE.”

Mikio, who graduated from the Musicians Institute of Osaka in 2000, had toured with Babymetal since 2013.

He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

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