Chuck Mosely, the original frontman of Faith No More, has died at the age of 57.
According to a statement from his publicist (via Stereogum), Mosley died of “addiction-related reasons” following a prolonged period of sobriety.
Mosley sang on Faith No More’s first two albums, 1985’s We Care a Lot and 1987’s Introduce Yourself. He was fired from the band and replaced by present frontman, Mike Patton. He subsequently sued his former bandmates over ownership rights and they eventually settled out of court. Years later, Mosley reconciled with Faith No More, reuniting with the band onstage in 2010. He made further live appearances with FNM in 2015 and 2016.
Following his initial departure from Faith No More, Mosley briefly fronted Bad Brains and launched a series of solo projects, including the funk metal band Cement.
In a statement, Faith No More called Mosley “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.”
Watch video of Mosley’s 2010 reunion with Faith No More: