3rd Anniversary of Mikio’s Passing
For those that are unaware of the story/who he is: Mikio Fujioka was one of the “main” 4/5 members of BABYMETAL’s Kami Band. He was a guitarist. He, like all the other Kami’s, had other projects outside BABYMETAL. Many BM fans followed him in all his projects, most notably the Kari Band (translation: temporary band), who’s members were him, Boh, and Yuya Maeta (a previous Kami Band drummer). Here is their YouTube, and here their EP on Spotify. They were getting prepared to release a full album.
Death: On December 28th, while stargazing, he fell and was hospitalised. He ended up passing away on January 5th, they held a funeral in private, and later, on January 9th, we were all informed of his passing. First by his official account (now managed by his wife), and by all his friends, colleagues, publications, and even BABYMETAL. You can see by the Reddit thread that day that no one was expecting that type of news, it came out of the blue.
His last show was on December 26th, 2017 (here is a clip, Mikio is off to the left). His last show for BABYMETAL was LEGEND S (December 2nd and 3rd, 2017).