Yesterday, Pre)thing lead guitarist, singer and songwriter Rust Epique died of a heart attack in his home in Las Vegas. He was only 35 years old. In addition to playing with Pre)thing (formerly known as Rustandthesuperheroes), Epique was a former member of Crazy Town. Epique signed to V2 in 2002, much to the excitement of the label's top brass, who at the time called Rustandthesuperheroes "perhaps the most groundbreaking artist to grace music in the last 30 years."
V2 president Andy Gershon had the following to say about Epique's sudden passing: "This is a sad day for all of us at V2. Rust will be sorely missed. Not only was he an incredibly talented musician, but a friend to us all. We are saddened by this loss and our hearts go out to his friends and family."
Haven't heard of Pre)thing? Well, you were about to the band just released their first single to American radio (where it was amongst the most added new songs in its first week) and were preparing to release their first album, 22nd Century Lifestyle, in just a few weeks through V2 Records. Now, sadly, tragedy has struck the band, putting an end to their bright future.
It's not known yet if V2 will go ahead and release 22nd Century Lifestyle as planned. The album was to hit stores on April 6.