Bill Rieflin (Ministry, KMFDM, NIN, etc.) dead at 59

Posted by on March 25, 2020


We are saddened to report; Bill Rieflin has died at age 59. The drummer and multi-instrumentalist held a legendary career as he performed with a number of acts, including Ministry, KMFDM, R.E.M, King Crimson, Revolting Cocks, Swans, and more. Rieflin died on Tuesday (24th) morning. According to the Seattle Times, he died after battling cancer for years.

Ministry, R.E.M, and more have reacted to his death via social media with the following heartfelt messages:


“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”



“RIP Bill Rieflin, my dear dear friend and partner in crime of 30+ years.
From left: K., Shepard, Rieflin, 2000”

Our thoughts and condolences go out to Rieflin’s family and friends during this difficult time.



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