So sorry to hear of Bill Rieflin passing away. A straight up person and excellent musician.
– Krist Novoselić (@KristNovoselic) March 24, 2020
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.”
– Toyah Willcox (@toyahofficial) March 24, 2020
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.
– Matt Chamberlain (@unicorntacodog) March 24, 2020
Seeing news that my old friend Bill Rieflin has died of cancer. You know him as a mighty drummer for bands from Ministry to later R.E.M. To me he was the kindest guy who worked with me at Tower Records SF when I was 19 and so uncool. Hadn’t seen him for a while but I am so sad. pic.twitter.com/MAXjc3TzNX
– Feeling Distant (@annkpowers) March 24, 2020