In Memoriam: Bob Heathcote
Bob Heathcote, who played in Suicidal Tendencies at the end of the ’80s, has died after a motorcycle accident. He was 58 years old.
Heathcote’s relationship with Suicidal Tendencies frontman Mike Muir began years earlier, and he was an original member of Muir’s band Los Cycos, although it was short-lived. Heathcote’s tenure in ST was also brief, from 1988 to 1989, but the period included the album How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can’t Even Smile Today, which proved to be an important stylistic shift towards thrash and metal. He also recorded three tracks for their fourth record, Controlled by Hatred / Feel Like Shit… Déjà Vu.
He left the band to focus on supporting his family and would be replaced by Robert Trujillo. He went on to become a successful photographer focusing on racing.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Bob Heathcote. Fans wishing to help support his family can give to a GoFundMe campaign.