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Public memorial for Dallas guitarist Mike Scaccia set for December 30 in Mansfield

Mike Scaccia, Rigor Mortis
Mike Scaccia collapsed during a performance at the Rail Club in Fort Worth. Photo courtesy of Susan Roden Photography
Mike Scaccia, Rigor Mortis, Ministry
A public memorial for the Dallas guitarist is set for December 30 in Mansfield. Mike Scaccia Photo courtesy of Metal Mina Pics

The date has been announced for the memorial for Mike Scaccia, the Dallas musician who died onstage at the Rail Club in Fort Worth. The service is set for 3 pm, Sunday, December 30, at Aristide, an events center at 570 N. Walnut Creek in Mansfield. The memorial is open to the public.

Scaccia, who was only 47, was an acclaimed guitarist for metal-rock bands such as Ministry and Rigor Mortis. He collapsed during a December 22 performance and was taken to the emergency room at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, where he was pronounced dead at 12:26 am.

 Scaccia's passing was noted in Rolling Stone and New York Daily News, and condolences from around the world continue to pour in on his Facebook page.

The official cause was listed as "sudden cardiac death due to atherosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease."

His passing was noted in Rolling Stone and New York Daily News as well as music sites such as Musician Al Jourgensen, with whom he was partnered in Ministry, posted a eulogy on Scaccia's page, calling him "my hero, my friend and my idol." Metal acts such as Shrapnel have paid homage to Scaccia's influence, and condolences from around the world continue to pour in on his Facebook page.

Meanwhile, a number of tributes and fundraisers are in the works, both in Dallas and Houston.

A tribute/benefit show for the Scaccia family will take place January 4 at Rudyards Pub in Houston, with a bill that includes Epic Death, Kleos and Weapons of War. There will be raffle items as well as donation jars, and members of Epic Death, who are organizing the tribute, will donate all proceeds to the Scaccia family.

In Dallas, Rigor Mortis singer Bruce Corbitt is planning a Mike Scaccia Tribute and Family Benefit Show in the Dallas area in the early spring, which is expected to draw some national artists, still to be named.

A Fundrazr campaign has also been launched to benefit Scaccia's wife and two toddlers. To make a donation, go here.

Fans have created tribute pages on Facebook, and, on December 27, online radio station Hard Rock Radio Live will host a one-hour tribute show.

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