Death has struck the metal world once again and we are saddened to report Manilla Road founding guitarist/vocalist Mark “The Shark” Shelton has passed away at 60. A gofundme page has been created to help pay for medical and funeral expenses. We do not know the details about his death. The group’s lead vocalist Bryan Patrick confirmed the news via Facebook, stating:

“July 27th 2018

I’m very sorry to announce today that my long time brother and Best Friend since 1981 has passed through the Halls of Valhalla.

Mark W. Shelton may you Rest In Peace!

There will be more information within the next couple of days. There will be a GO FUND ME page setup in order to get Mark back home to his family.

My heart is shattered. Please take time today to love your loved ones and hold them close.”

Shelton was the only original member remaining as he’s been there since 1977. His work from 1980’s Invasion up until 2017’s To Kill a King will remain timeless. Manilla Road had a show last night (26th) in Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany and were scheduled to perform in Retorbido, Italy tomorrow (28th). Hopefully, we will find out what happened. Our thoughts go out to Shelton’s friends, bandmates, and family during this difficult time.