Former Trouble singer Eric Wagner has died, age 62

The band was formed by Wagner in 1979, and have since gone on to be considered pioneers of doom metal

Eric Wagner, the former lead singer of Chicago doom metal pioneers Trouble, has passed away. He was 62 years old.

The news of his passing, as reported by Blabbermouth, was confirmed on Facebook by his eldest son, Luke Wagner.

“Hey all this is Luke Wagner his oldest son,” Wagner wrote in a comment, “Eric Wagner has passed away.”

The comment was posted on a post made by Eric Wagner’s band The Skull, which had revealed that Wagner had been admitted to hospital with pneumonia induced by COVID-19 and thus their current tour had to be paused.

Hey All.More bad news….We will not be able to play Psycho Vegas this Thursday. Eric Wagner’s bout with Covid has…

Posted by The Skull on Tuesday, August 17, 2021

The band later released a brief statement on Wagner’s passing, writing on Facebook, “We all are devastated and in shock.

“We lost a band mate, friend, and brother. We will make a statement once we get more info and come to terms with this.”

We all are devastated and in shock.We lost a band mate, friend, and brother.We will make a statement once we get more info and come to terms with this.

Posted by The Skull on Monday, August 23, 2021

The Skull have since updated their profile picture and cover photo with an image of Wagner superimposed over clouds.
Wagner formed Trouble back in 1979, and went on to perform as their lead vocalist for a total of 26 years, having left the band in 1997 before reuniting in 2000. He then left the band for good in 2008, reportedly citing his disdain for the touring lifestyle as the reason for doing so.
In 2012, Wagner, along with other former Trouble members Ron Holzner and Jeff “Oly” Olson, formed The Skull. The band, taking their name from Trouble’s second album, released two albums together, the most recent being 2018’s ‘The Endless Road Turns Dark’.
Outside of Trouble and The Skull, Wagner also contributed to Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl’s heavy metal side project Probot.

Tributes to Wagner by others in the music industry have been shared online since news of his passing. View them below.

This morning I awoke to the worst news… We are all truely devastated.. My dear friend, band mate and brother Eric…

Posted by Chuck Robinson on Monday, August 23, 2021

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