Longtime Cynic bassist Sean Malone dies aged 50

Cynic's Sean Malone has died
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Cynic’s Sean Malone, a pioneer of fretless bass and Chapman Stick in the metal world, has died aged 50. His passing was confirmed by Cynic guitarist and vocalist Paul Masvidal on his Facebook page. No cause of death has been revealed.

"I learned today that Sean Malone has died,” Masvidal wrote on Facebook “I am numb and grief stricken. He had a brilliant mind, a gracious heart and was one of the greatest musicians I've ever encountered.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.