Frank Watkins, best known for his contributions in legendary American death metal band Obituary has passed away. He handled bass for the band from 1989 till 2010. He also played bass for the notorious Norwegian black metal band Gorgoroth under the moniker ‘Bøddel’ since 2007. He was 47 when he died yesterday morning (18th October, 2015). News regarding his death has been published on Gorgoroth website as well as on official Facebook page of Obituary.
Frank Watkins is considered as one of the greatest and most influential death metal bassists till date. He started playing music at the age of 12, and began his professional career in 1986 before he joined Obituary. He had his parts played in landmark Obituary albums like ‘Cause of Death’, ‘World Demise’ and ‘Xecutioner’s Return’. He recorded bass for Gorgoroth albums ‘Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt’ and ‘Instinctus Bestialis’. Detailed information on his death has not been revealed yet. He had been suffering from cancer since 2012 and stopped touring with Gorgoroth. He had posted a picture of himself at the hospital bed a few months before.
Frank has left his wife with two sons. We are deeply mourned at his death.