Tragedy has struck the metal world yet again. Brett Hoffman, the former energetic frontman of death metal band Malevolent Creation has died at 51 due to colon cancer. The news was confirmed today when Hoffman’s wife posted on Facebook, announcing, “Today is the saddest day of my life. I just lost my soul mate…”
Hoffman’s death comes only two months after it was announced that he was diagnosed with colon cancer. A GoFundMe campaign was started shortly after where over $8,000 were raised in effort. At the time Hoffman made comments on the surgery he went through, his future recording plans, and urged everyone to see their doctors regularly. “PLEASE get your self checked!!”, he wrote near the end of the GoFundMe page, “Save your self a waking nightmare of pain,uncertainty,and mental twistedness.”
Malevolent Creation was formed by Hoffman, along with Phil Fasciana, Jeff Juskiewicz, Jason Blachowicz, and Mark Simpson, in 1987. Hoffman went on to appear on eight of the band’s twelve studio albums. The most notable of which could be the 1991 debut The Ten Commandments. He left in the mid-90s and released one EP with Silent Death before returning in 1998 to record The Fine Art of Murder. Hoffman stayed in the band until 2001, where he had a five year absence. The final stint Hoffman had in Malevolent Creation lasted from 2006 to 2016, where the band put out three albums, most notably Dead Man’s Path in 2015, Hoffman’s final release.
Hoffman had recently formed Fire for Effect with former bandmates and other experienced musicians. The band recently announced they were in the studio and ready to release their debut album later this year. No word has come out as to how Brett’s death will affect the album.
The news has devastated the death metal scene, but Hoffman’s family, friends, and fans will remember him fondly.