Riot founder/guitarist Mark Reale has passed away from complications due to Crohn's Disease. The guitarist had been in a coma since January 11, 2012 after suffering a subarachnoid hemorrhage, a result of his lifelong battle with Crohn's. Mark Reale co-founded the New York-based heavy metal band Riot in 1975 and went on to release fourteen studio albums with the band, the latest being Immortal Soul in October of last year. The band was scheduled to be on tour this year in support of Immortal Soul, and while the band attempted to soldier on after Reale fell into a coma, the future of the band now remains uncertain.
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