The Grim Reaper doesn’t recognise the festive season as we were reminded last year with the sad passing of Status Quo’s Rick Parfitt. News has just reached us of the passing at a much earlier age – only 45 – of Mario Linhares, vocalist for Brazilian metal crew Dark Avenger.
A statement from Rockshots Records reads:
With heavy heart and deep sadness we must confirm that Dark Avenger’s founder and singer Mario Linhares has passed away yesterday, December 22.
The world has lost one of the most talented singer and person, an incredible voice that will last forever in our hearts. It was an honour and a gift to work together, and we were lucky enough to meet and share some unforgettable moments with him, here at Rockshots headquarters.
Upon all, he was an incredible person sincerely in love with life and music, generous and kind as rarely happens in business and everyday life. His legacy won’t be forgotten, and we’ll do everything possible to spread it all around as a proof of how rare and immortal his talent was.
Our sincere condolences to his family, his beloved wife Désirée and all the guys in Dark Avenger.
We would like to add our own condolences, Linhares fronting a band that was true to all things metal. Rock on, brother!