[updated: not really, he’s still alive]

Former Danzig drummer Chuck Biscuits died this past Saturday at the way-too-young age of 44 after a long battle with throat cancer. “In response to the inquires, thank you for all the support,” an anonymous family member wrote in an e-mail on Tuesday. “Chuck did not survive his battle with throat cancer. He passed surrounded by his family on 10/24/09.”

Biscuits is best known for his time in Danzig, playing on the first four albums (aka, the best ones), but he got his start  in punk, playing with D.O.A. After relocating to California, he logged time with a number of bands including Black Flag, the Circle Jerks, and Fear. He also played drums on Run DMC’s 1988 album Tougher Than Leather. The last band he played with was Social Distortion, in 1996.