Sacred Reich guitarist and founding member Jason Rainey dead at 53

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Jason Rainey, who founded and played electric guitar for Phoenix, Arizona thrash metal act Sacred Reich, died of a heart attack on March 16. Rainey was 53. 

The news was confirmed by his former band, who said in a statement posted to the official Sacred Reich Facebook page:

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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.