KNAC.COM air personality Junkman just checked in with the following sad news:

"Just got a call this afternoon stating that my friend, former Kiss guitarist Mark St. John, died this morning [April 5th] from a cerebral hemorrage. He was 51.

I have known him for a long time. I roadied for his band White Tiger, and just spoke with him at the recent NAMM show.

As soon as I fid out more info I will let you know. My heart goes out to his family. A very sad day.


Mark replaced Vinnie Vincent as lead guitarist for KISS in April 1984, following Vincent's falling-out with the band (Mark was suggested to Bruce Kulick was featured on the song, "Lonely Is The Hunter"). During work for the album, St. John clashed with the other members of the band, and eventually developed arthritis (Reiter's Syndrome), which caused his hands and arms to swell. He was all but unable to perform live as a member of KISS, and only played three (one in full) shows during the "Animalize" tour, with Kulick filling in for the rest. He was officially replaced by Kulick in December 8, 1984.

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Posted: 06.04.2007 by Thryce


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Bad English - 06.04.2007 at 12:30  
Sad news, realy sad RIP man
I like early Kiss, and no words to say
Eight - 06.04.2007 at 13:01  
R.I.P. it is always a tragedy when someone dies.
Katatronik - 06.04.2007 at 14:52  
RIP Mark, this is a sad day...
Gâsh - 06.04.2007 at 17:40  
Xtreme Jax - 06.04.2007 at 18:57  
Woah, very sad

Have to inform my old man about this too..
Carrion - 07.04.2007 at 19:57  
Too bad
Doc Godin - 08.04.2007 at 00:21  
RIP, White Tiger was awexome.
Opium - 08.04.2007 at 14:48  
Sad day indeed, RIP Mark, another great musician gone...
Arcaliz666 - 26.06.2007 at 23:58  
RIP Mark John
THRASHTILDEATH - 06.10.2008 at 05:16  

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