Metal Church has recently issued a statement on Facebook, expressing their regrets for their previous remark about the cause of death of Mike Howe, the band’s singer.

Mike Howe saddened his fans with his death on July 26, 2021, at the age of 55. Metal Church has announced the singer’s death on Facebook, saying that he died at his home in Eureka, California. Following his death, there were rumors claiming that a COVID-19 vaccine killed him. But according to TMZ, the cops who found his dead body revealed the cause of death as suicide by asphyxia.

Causing eyebrows to raise, Metal Church had made a statement on Facebook after Mike’s death. In the statement, they claimed that Mike was a victim of a failing healthcare system, poisoned by Big Pharma. Considering the now-deleted Facebook post, the band indicated that he died because of the coronavirus vaccine.

The deleted Facebook post read:

“As to what really happened? He was victimized by a failing healthcare system and subsequently poisoned by the venom of Big Pharma. In short and in essence, he fell prey to the real ‘Fake Healer’…enough said.”

In a recent statement issued by Metal Church on Facebook, the band apologized sincerely to the fans about their previous claims. As seen in the Facebook post, they pointed out that they weren’t referring to anything related to vaccinations, COVID-19, or politics. Metal Church then added their previous statement was misunderstood. Following that, they also asked the fans to use their energy to keep Mike’s legacy alive instead of attacking each other and Metal Church for the cause of Mike’s death.

Metal Church’s recent statement read:

“Concerning our recently deleted post addressing the news that Mike’s passing was a suicide, we wanted to dispel any misconceptions that might have arisen from certain media reports. In our efforts to do that, our attempts at honesty created a narrative that fell outside our purest of intentions.

We were in no way, shape, or form referring to anything in relation to vaccinations, COVID, or politics. We were saying our brother was hurting and while he was seeking medical care for it, the treatments he was utilizing did not protect him. Otherwise, he would still be with us today.

If you knew Mike Howe, then you knew he was a truly good human being who loved his friends, his family, and his many fans around the world. He would always go the extra mile to make someone feel good and he would always give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. We ask that you remember Mike in that way and for the amazing metal music he created.

This is an extremely difficult time for everyone who knew Mike personally and those that knew him through the music. We are all still processing the loss of our brother. We apologize that the original statement was misunderstood or created an incorrect dialog. We ask that you please stop attacking each other in relation to Mike’s passing and Metal Church. We ask that you take that energy and use it to keep Mike’s memory alive by sharing the music he created while he was with us. We want Metal Church music to bring people together as it has over the years and not be divisive.

Godspeed Mike Howe, we love you!”

Replacing David Wayne, Mike worked with Metal Church from 1988 until the band’s disbandment in 1996. Recording three albums during his career with the band, he rejoined the band on April 30, 2015. Mike was not the first singer of the band to die, as David Wayne also passed away in May 2005 at the age of 47.