Massive Attack guitarist Angelo Bruschini passes away after battle with lung cancer

by Patria

Angelo Bruschini of Massive Attack has died.

The guitarist had been battling lung cancer and also played with The Numbers, Rimshots and The Blue Aeroplanes.

The band shared the tragic news in a statement on social media on Tuesday (24Oct23), writing in a touching tribute: “A uniquely brilliant and eccentric talent. Impossible to quantify your contribution to the Massive Attack canon.

“How lucky we were to have shared such a life together.”

The musician was known for his unique style of guitar playing for the trip-hop collective – comprising Robert ‘3D’ Del Naja, Adrian ‘Tricky’ Thaws and Grant ‘Daddy G’ Marshall – most notably on their seminal 1998 LP ‘Mezzanine’, which featured the Top 10 single ‘Teardrop’.

On their Facebook page, The Blue Aeroplanes also posted: “We are devastated to announce the passing of our brother Angelo Bruschini.

“Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time. Rest in peace Ange x.”

Angelo – who joined Massive Attack as a touring member in 1995 and also contributed to their 2003 album ‘100th Window’ alongside the recently deceased Sinead O’Connor – revealed in July that he had been diagnosed with the deadly disease and suggested he would write a book about his amazing life.

His statement at the time was: “Twice now I’ve been told ‘good luck’ by specialists in hospital about lung cancer, I think I’m *****. Had a great life, seen the world many many times, met lots of wonderful people, but the door is closing, think I will write a book”.

The Bristol-born star is also known for producing the 1997 self-titled album by alt-rockers Strangelove.

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