Mike Cross, guitarist and co-founder of alt-rock band Sponge, dies at 57

Mike Cross performs live with Loudhouse in an undated photo
(Image credit: mikecrossfromdetroit/Instagram)

Mike Cross, co-founder and former guitarist for alt-rockers Sponge, has died at the age of 57, the band announced on social media last night (March 9).

"It is with [a] heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of Mike Cross," wrote the band on their Facebook page. "One of the musical architects and founding member[s] of Sponge – his influence and talent will be missed." No cause of death was given.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.