Molly Hatchet has confirmed that original drummer Bruce Crump died today, with no information on the cause of Crump’s death. He was 57.
Crump was a member of Molly Hatchet and also played with Red Star Crush and China Sky.
The band announced the sad news in a statement, writing, “We are mourning the loss of a great friend and talented musician. This is a great loss to the Molly Hatchet family. Our prayers go out to all the family and friends of great friend Bruce. Rest in peace, Bruce. We will always love and remember you.”
Crump joined Molly Hatchet in 1976, previously revealing he got into the band almost by accident.
He previously shared, “I was a senior in high school. Somebody told me about Molly Hatchet, so I snuck out one night to see them. And then through some mutual friends I heard that their drummer was leaving, so I contacted one of the members to see if that was true, and he said, ‘Yeah, we pretty much don’t have a band.'”
By 1978, Molly Hatchet was on tour promoting a platinum self-titled debut album.
The follow up, 1979′s Flirtin’ with Disaster sold more than three million copies. Beatin’ The Odds was released in 1980 and also went platinum.
Reunion of Dave Hlubek & Bruce Crump of Molly Hatchet in 2014:
China Sky issued a statement saying, “This sudden tragedy is like a kick to the gut. We could not have lost a more truly decent human being than Bruce. Our hearts go out to his wife Kristen, his mom, children, and family.
“Not only was Bruce a genuinely nice person, but his talent was even bigger than his heart. When he agreed to join us in China Sky, we were humbled that ‘the’ Bruce Crump deemed us worthy of his time and talent, and boy, were we ever better off for it. We could not be more proud of the work he did on China Sky II and we are forever grateful to him.”
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