The first news story to reach us as the new day broke was, unfortunately, a sad one. Wednesday 13 has posted news on his facebook page of the passing of Murderdolls drummer, Ben “The Ghoul” Graves. The band’s statement follows:
I will forever cherish the memories with you. Touring all over the world for the 1st time, living our dream and constantly quoting The Terminator and Commando movies. Love ya buddy, there will never be another Ghoul. See ya on the other side.~ W
A message from Ben’s fiancée, Lydia:
This is incredibly hard for me to write this, but I know it is necessary because Ben has so many friends and fans.
Most of you don’t know that Ben has been battling cancer for the last 11 months. It was his decision to keep his health very quiet.
Ben passed away today, May 9th 2018, from complications due to his cancer. His diagnosis was grim but he fought a long and hard battle to try and beat it and overcome the odds. Some battles can’t be won no matter how hard you try.
Please respect me, his family and close friends while we grieve. Even though we knew it was eventually coming, the complication was sudden and very unexpected.
It’s devastating to lose someone you love more than yourself. My heart is broken, my heart died with him.
We will be taking him home to Massachusetts. I will organize a memorial for Ben’s LA friends, details to follow.
Post some photos of Ben for us to see him as he was.
Obviously our thoughts are with Ben’s family, friends and colleagues at this time. As is our tradition, here’s a bit of Ben’s talent to enjoy as there is no better way to remember a departed comrade than with a sample of their music – something that will always live on.