Metal has lost yet another legend. Frank Watkins, bassist for Gorgoroth and formerly that of Obituary, passed away yesterday morning at the age of 47. The cause of death was cancer.

The man’s impact over the years has been notable and it’s sad to see him go like this. This will, no doubt, leave a mark on the metal community for some time to come, just as Frank Watkins did in life. He was with Obituary for approximately 15 years and has been running with Gorgoroth for 8 up until this point.

In the wake of these events, Obituary had the following to say, “Just got the very sad news that Frank passed away this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

R.I.P. Frank Watkins

Obituary: Facebook // Twitter // iTunes

Gorgoroth: Facebook // Official Website // Merch