As we mentioned three days ago when the news broke, former X Japan bassist Taiji Sawada died on Monday.

X Japan frontman Yoshiki has since issued the following statement about his former band mate’s death:

Receiving the news of Taiji‘s death has left me speechless. I don’t know how to cope with the loss yet. Playing at the Nissan Stadium together last year brings memories as it was yesterday. To imagine what the fans are feeling right now breaks my heart. But that is the reason why we have to stay strong. X JAPAN will have to carry on with not only [late X JAPAN guitarist] Hide, but Taiji as well in our hearts. May the amazing bassist Taiji rest in peace.”

Sawada passed away on Sunday, after being taken off of life support.


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