METAL CHURCH singer Mike Howe‘s official cause of death was determined to be asphyxia due to hanging, TMZ finds out. A spokesperson for the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Dept. told the site authorities are calling it a suicide.
Police got a call Monday morning (July 26) just after 10 a.m. in Eureka, California reporting an unexpected death at a home. By the time deputies arrived, they found the 55-year-old dead at the scene.
Police also said that alcohol and drugs were not believed to be factors in the 55-year-old singer’s death, and no controlled substances or paraphernalia were found in the home where he died.
Howe fronted METAL CHURCH from 1988 until 1994 and officially rejoined the band in April 2015.
Since then, band has released two studio albums, XI (2016) and Damned If You Do (2018).
METAL CHURCH‘s latest release was From The Vault, which was released in April 2020 via Rat Pak Records. The effort was a special-edition compilation album that featured 14 previously unreleased songs from the Howe era, including four newly recorded studio tracks, among them a redux of the band’s fan favorite classic “Conductor.”