(From Contact Music, 22 October 2007)

Heart Attack Claims Rocker Raven

LATEST: KILLING JOKE and MINISTRY bassist PAUL RAVEN has died from a heart attack. The rocker was found dead at a friend's home in Geneva, Switzerland on Saturday (20Oct07). He was 46. Raven's body was found by Prong drummer Ted Parsons, who reveals he had been out drinking with the bass player/producer the night before on his MySpace.com page. Parsons, who was working with Raven on the new Treponem Pal project, writes, "I found Raven asleep in a chair the next morning in a living room. "I thought nothing of it, as Raven would sleep like this on the tour bus in the front lounge all the time. Then I looked closer at him, and he looked very gray (sic). I checked his pulse and there was none. I yelled for the other guys in the band. "We immediately did some CPR and called for an ambulance. Medics arrived quickly, but after an hour of trying to get his heartbeat back, they could not save him. They said he died in his sleep, probably around 6am. "Words can't describe how I feel right now. I'm devastated. He will be missed by many." Following tributes from Raven's Killing Joke bandmates, Ministry's Al Jourgensen has expressed shock at the news. In a statement, he says, "The world of music is a sadder, emptier place. Not only was Raven an extraordinary talent, but one of my closest, dearest friends." Raven became one of the world's most influential bass players when he replaced Youth in Killing Joke in 1982. He was part of the cult group's heyday in the mid-1980s, recording albums like Fire Dances, Night Time and Brighter Than A Thousand Suns with the group. He quit Killing Joke in the late 1980s but rejoined in 1990 for the recording of the well-received Extremities, Dirt + Various Repressed Emotions. He began working with Jourgensen and Ministry in 2005.

22/10/2007 22:30