Written by: Alex Green
Bob Heathcote, who played with Suicidal Tendencies, has died.
The bassist was 58.
Heathcote’s cause of death was linked to a motorcycle accident.
The Santa Monica-born musician played in the thrash outfit Los Cycos with Suicidal Tendencies singer Mike Muir.
Heatchote was in Suicidal Tendencies for a brief spell—he replaced Louiche Mayorga and played on the band’s third long player How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can’t Even Smile Today (1988).
Heathcote also appeared on several tracks on the follow-up Controlled by Hatred/Feel Like Shit… Déjà Vu.
He left the band in 1989 and was replaced by Robert Trujillo, who later went on to join Metallica.
Heathcote’s son Chris posted a heartfelt eulogy to his father on Facebook:
“My father Bob Heathcote has left this earth after 58 years and nearly two months, due to a motorcycle accident. I cannot put words together other than the fact that this is a loss I will hardly recover (if ever), and the fact that he was a hard working father who raised five children, including me. His interests included music, traveling, race cars and attending race tracks. He was also a supporter of the Dodgers…Each and every moment I’ve shared with my dad will forever remain as a treat. Thank you dad for everything you did for me and my family. I will miss not only your keen sense of humor, but you and me doing a lot of things we loved doing together, including talking about or listening to music, traveling, going to the beach, going to Mexican restaurants, attending Dodger games, etc.”
A GoFundMe page has gone live to help the Heathcote family.
Donations can be made here.