Mikio ‘Ko-Gami’ Fujioka, guitarist of Japanese pop-metal band Babymetal, has died at the age of 36, according to a post on Babymetal’s Facebook page.
According to his wife’s Twitter announcement, he fell from a height on December 30 while at an observation deck and died on January 5 after his condition deteriorated.
Babymetal shared an emotional statement on their Facebook page as follows:
“The “Little” Guitar Kami of #BABYMETAL ‘s #Kamiband has passed away in the METAL GALAXIES. We hope that he is now with his GUITAR MASTER A.Holdsworth and enjoying an epic guitar session with him.
We are the one, Together, We’re the only one, You are the one, Forever, #RIP #THEONE ”
Mikio, 36, was born on 19 January, 1981 and was known to fans of the band that as Ko-Gami, or The Little God.
According to Metro.co.uk, Mikio was a talented guitarist who graduated from the Musicians Institute of Osaka in 2000 at the age of 19; he had released several albums and also toured with Trick Box and MMM.