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King Crimson, Ministry, R.E.M. drummer Bill Rieflin dead at 59

Bill Rieflin, drummer for several influential bands including King Crimson, Ministry and R.E.M., has died aged 59.

King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp paid his respects to his bandmate on social media.

“A call from Tracy Rieflin in Seattle,” Fripp wrote.

“Bill Rieflin flew from this world c. 18.50 Pacific, 18.50 UK.

“Tracy told Toyah and me that the day was grey, and as Bill flew away the clouds opened, and the skies were blue for about fifteen minutes. Fly well, Brother Bill!

“My life is immeasurably richer for knowing you.”

Ministry also made a statement.

“Today we lost a wonderful artist, tremendous human being and an integral part of Ministry’s developments and success…

“Safe travels my brother on the way to your next universal gig.

“R.I.P Bill Rieflin.”

A cause of death has not been confirmed.

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