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Marissa Cetin
24 October 2023, 13:46

Angelo Bruschini, Massive Attack guitarist, has died

The Bristol band's longtime lead guitarist had recently been diagnosed with lung cancer

Angelo Bruschini, Massive Attack guitarist, has died

Angelo Bruschini, guitarist for Massive Attack, has died after being diagnosed with lung cancer.

Massive Attack confirmed the news on social media on Tuesday morning, 24th, sharing that they were "devastated". "How lucky we all were to share such a life together", they wrote. "Such a brilliant, eccentric talent. Impossible to quantify your contribution."

Burschini joined Massive Attack as a guitarist during the production of their landmark 1998 album 'Mezzanine', and remained the group's lead guitarist in the studio and on tour since. He was also a member of The Numbers, Rimshots and The Blue Aeroplanes, and he worked with artists Strangelove and Jane Taylor. 

In Bruschini's last public post on his personal Facebook page from 6th July, he said, "Twice now I have been told 'Good luck' by specialists at the hospital over lung cancer, I think I'm fucked! Had a great life, seen the world many many times, met lots of wonderful people, but the door is closing. Think I will write a book." 

This year marks the 25th anniversary of 'Mezzanine'. Revisit Ben Cardew's exploration of the influential and landscape-shifting album — Del Naja, Grant “Daddy G” Marshall and Andrew “Mushroom” Vowles's final LP as a trio — here

Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja, AKA 3D, has been continuing his humanitarian and environmental activism. Last year, he shared new art prints to benefit the International Rescue Committee, and in 2021 he developed an AI programme targeting climate misinformation on social media.