Mikey Way compares end of My Chemical Romance to 'passing of a family member'

US band announced their split in March 2013

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Bass player Mikey Way has said that the end of My Chemical Romance was like "the passing of a family member".

My Chemical Romance announced their split in March 2013 and recently released a greatest hits compilation, 'May Death Never Stop You'. Speaking to Kerrang about how he has coped with the last 12 months of his life, Way (pictured above, second from the right) explained just how much the end of the band affected him.

"I was going through it. It was sad, like the passing of a family member," said Way. "But over time I got great joy and pleasure from reflecting. I was able to truly put on some songs and be like, 'Wow, we really did something. We cracked the heavens.' With MCR we were so busy. I was never able to stop and smell the roses, or evaluate myself completely. That's what the past year was all about. I was able to dig deep inside myself and become the man I always wanted to be."

Earlier this year My Chemical Romance unveiled brand new song called 'Fake Your Death'. The band have previously referred to the track as their 'eulogy' song. It features on 'May Death Never Stop You', which was released both as a standard CD and in a Deluxe version with bonus DVD content on Monday (March 24). There will also be a Physical Deluxe edition including the CD, and a 180-gram vinyl two-LP set.

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