Founder of Minneapolis nu-metal band dies at 46

Chad Hanks had been battling cancer.
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The bassist and co-founder of Minneapolis nu-metal band American Head Charge has died from cancer at the age of 46.

Bassist Chad Hanks had reportedly been battling cancer and his death was confirmed on Sunday by former AHC guitarist Ted Hallows on Facebook.

"Rest in Peace my friend," he wrote. "You will be missed and your music will live on forever. Thank you for making me a better guitarist and thank you for all the great memories we shared together. Love you man and won't ever forget you. RIP Chad."

Vocalist and fellow AHC co-founder Cameron Heacock shared a picture on Facebook appearing to show Hanks in the hospital, with Heacock sharing a goodbye with him.

Founded in 1996, AHC built their following through the turn of the century, self-releasing their 1999 album Trepnation before getting a record deal after supporting System of a Down in Des Moines.

At their peak, CityPages reports AHC were joining Ozzy Osbourne, Slipknot and Metallica on worldwide tours. 

Their most recent album, Tango Umbrella, dropped in 2016 and was their first full-length release in more than 10 years, Blabbermouth reports.

Blabbermouth also notes that Hanks had made a series of social media posts in the months preceding his death suggesting he was suffering from kidney and liver failure. 

Keyboardist Justin Fowler posted a message at the start of the month which said Hanks was "planning the final exit from the stage of life. No encores," The PRP notes.

Fans can pay their respects to Hanks at a special benefit concert at First Avenue on Nov. 26, with performances from bands including Blue Felix and The Omega Sequence.

You can find ticket details here.

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