Condolances go out to the family and friends of onetime Sebastian Bach touring drummer Mark ‘Bam Bam’ McConnell who passed away Thursday (May 24).

On Wednesday Bach asked his fans to pray for his former bandmate: “Everybody, please say a prayer. My friend & live drummer for years, also on Bring ‘Em Bach Alive Mark Bam Bam McConnell is fighting for his life right now in hospital in Gainesville Florida. Miracles can happen though so everyone have Bam Bam in your hearts & prayers please. He is an amazing drummer & life long friend. We love you Bam Bam you can kick this in the ass just like you play your drums!! Fight hard buddy we all wanna rock with you we love ya dude”

Another McConnell associate later informed fans that the drummer’s liver and kidneys had begun to shut down and that he had suffered partial brain damage.

McConnell’s wife Rikki paid tribute to the musician in a Facebook posting. She stated, “My sweet, beautiful best friend and husband. I miss you so much and so do Sara and Patch. I’ll take good care of them. My time with you was way too short, but what an adventure! Wow! I’ll love you always and always! You’ll be in my heart!!! Xoxoxoxox.” The drummer reportedly passed at 9:42AM ET this morning (May 24) surrounded by his family and friends.

Slash tweeted his condolences, writing, “Rip Mark ‘Bam Bam’ MCConnell. Tragic loss. My heart goes out to his family, friends & bandmates.”

McConnell toured with Bach from 1997 through 2005, and also played with the group Blackfoot in 2006 and 2007. R.I.P. Bam Bam

Mark “Bam Bam” McConnell / Anton Fig Drum Solo 2000

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