Sad news persist as Nasty Savage bassist Richard Bateman has passed away. Bateman died yesterday (5th) from a heart attack. Guitarist David Austin of the Florida thrash metal group expressed that his longtime friend was an “extraordinary bass player.”

Read his full statement below:

My longtime friend Richard Bateman has passed away from a heart attack, absolutely devastated, extraordinary bass playing that he did with nasty Savage especially penetration point, I can’t even put it into words, absolutely devastated. I hope the metal community will surround his family with open arms and give them the comfort that they need at this moment and time, I’m completely shocked. Love you Richard may he rest in peace, genuine loving person and extraordinary bass player to say the least.”

The band shared the following message:

It is with deep sadness to announce Richard Bateman has passed away today . We are all devastated. God Bless his family God Bless Richard Bateman. RIP Brother”

We send our condolences out to Bateman’s friends and family during this difficult time.