Bill Rieflin, drummer of King Crimson, R.E.M., Ministry, died


Bill Rieflin is dead. The Ministry drummer, who had most recently played with King Crimson, was 59 years old. The cause of death is not yet known. It was Krist Novoselic, bassist of Nirvana, who gave the news on Twitter: “It is sad to learn about the death of Bill Rieflin. An upright person and an excellent musician ”.

The news was confirmed by the singer and actress Toyah Willcox, wife of King Crimson’s Robert Fripp: “Our dear, magnificent Bill Rieflin has left this world.”

Bill Rieflin was born in 1960 in Seattle. He started out playing with local bands from the post punk scene like Telepaths, Tupperwares and especially Blackouts. He then joined Ministry, one of the key 80s and 90s industrial bands. He had also played with R.E.M., both in the studio and live, and in some projects by Peter Buck and their assistant guitarist Scott McCaughey, Minus 5 and more recently Filty Friends. From 2013 to 2016 he was part of the King Crimson. His wife, the painter Francesca Sundsten, died in the summer of 2019 due to lymphoma.

Update: drummer Matt Chamberlain and journalist Ann Powers write that cancer is the cause of death.


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