He cared a lot!
Original Faith No More vocalist Chuck Mosley—who would later go on to replace H.R. in DC Hardcore Punk group Bad Brains—has passed away. His death was “due to the disease of addiction,” according to a statement from his family. He was 57 years old.
Replacing Courtney Love, who had briefly fronted the band, Mosley had joined Faith No More in 1984, going on to appear on the band’s first two albums; 1985’s We Care a Lot and 1987’s Introduce Yourself.
Here is the video for the second version of We Care a Lot from 1987’s Introduce Yourself, released as the band’s first official single:
After making some guest appearances fronting Faith No More the since 2010, Mosley had just released an album last week with The Melvins’ Dale Crover and gothic rock guitarist Mark Gemini Thwaite (Peter Murphy, The Mission) for the industrial project Primitive Race,
Here is the statement from his family regarding his passing:
“After a long period of sobriety, Charles Henry Mosley III lost his life on November 9th, 2017 due to the disease of addiction. We’re sharing the manner in which he passed in the hopes that it might serve as a warning or wake-up call or beacon to anyone else struggling to fight for sobriety. He is survived by long-term partner Pip Logan, two daughters, Erica and Sophie and his grandson Wolfgang Logan Mosley. The family will be accepting donations for funeral expenses. Details to follow when arranged.”
Faith No More, also released a 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.”