Musician Chuck Mosley, former frontman of the metal fusion band Faith No More, passed away on Nov. 9 at the age of 57.
According to Stereogum, Mosley's publicist confirmed that the singer had died of addiction-related causes after having been sober for a long time.
Faith No More released the following statement:
It’s with a heavy, heavy heart we acknowledge the passing of our friend and bandmate, Chuck Mosley. He was a reckless and caterwauling force of energy who delivered with conviction and helped set us on a track of uniqueness and originality that would not have developed the way it had had he not been a part. How fortunate we are to have been able to perform with him last year in a reunion style when we re-released our very first record. His enthusiasm, his sense of humor, his style and his bravado will be missed by so many. We were a family, an odd and dysfunctional family, and we’ll be forever grateful for the time we shared with Chuck.
Mosley joined Faith No More in 1983. He sang on the band's breakout albums We Care A Lot and Introduce Yourself, respectively released in 1985 and 1987.
The band's early albums are credited with inspiring California funk-metal. Mosley was the band's frontman during that era.
In 1988, Faith No More fired Mosley replaced him with Mike Patton. Mosley sued the band in response, saying that he had a partnership stake. The matter was settled out of court.
After his departure from Faith No More, Mosley stayed in the music scene as the singer for the reinvented hardcore band Bad Brains. He went on to form his own band, Cement, and released a few albums in the mid-1990s.
Mosley released a few solo albums throughout his career. In 2016, he reunited with Faith No More -- which had broken up and later reunited -- for a few shows.
According to the New York Daily News, Mosley was found dead in his Cleveland residence. The police report noted that a pair of syringes and a metal spoon with an undisclosed substance was lying next to his body. He is believed to have died of a heroin overdose.
Mosley's partner, Pip Logan, and their friend first discovered his body around 8 PM. TMZ reports that they had seen him earlier that day around 11 AM. His family didn't state his exact cause of death, but did say it was due to "the disease of addiction."
The toxicology report won't come out for a few weeks, TMZ said.
New York Daily News reports that Mosley is survived by his partner, two daughters and a grandson.