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It has been revealed today that Bolt Thrower drummer, Martin “Kiddie” Kearns, has passed this week. Below is an official statement from the band, as posted on their official website.

With the heaviest of hearts, and still numb from shock, we have to share the very sad news that on Monday 14th September Bolt Thrower lost our powerhouse drummer, Martin ‘Kiddie’ Kearns.

After the first rehearsal for our upcoming tour of Australia, Kiddie suddenly felt unwell which continued throughout the night, and the next day he passed away peacefully in his sleep.

He was a fantastic Dad, husband, son, friend, but to us he was always ‘Kiddie’, the same 17 year old Coventry kid whose drumming style and personality blew us away when he first walked into our rehearsal room 20+ years ago.

Kiddie enriched our lives, and the Bolt Thrower sound. He leaves a massive hole in the lives of everyone who knew him and will be very sorely missed by many.

Karl, Jo, Baz, Gav & the loyal BT crew

At this time, no cause of deal has been released.

Martin was born March 7th, 1977. He was 38 years old.

My sincerest of apologies to all friends and family for their loss. 38 is too young to go. Rest in peace, Martin, and thank you for the kick ass music.


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Press release composed by Apoch Weiss
based on a public statement from Bolt Thrower.