Blog author: Alex Stojanovic
Some very sad news to report from the Artillery camp. It has been confirmed that founding member and guitarist Morten Stutzer passed away on October 2nd at the age of 57 as a result of a massive blood clot in his cerebellum. This makes his brother, co-founder and guitarist Michael Stutzer the only original member left in Artillery.
For the last few years, Morten's participation in Artillery was limited due to health issues. The band released their latest album The Face Of Fear last November, which has ended up being the very last album Morten played on. The band posted the following statement on their Facebook.
It is with a heavy heart, a great deal of shock and a lot of disbelief that we have inform you that founding member, friend - and brother, Morten Stützer, no longer is with us. He passed away at the way-too-early age of 57 on the evening of October 2nd. He was surrounded by his family. We are absolutely devastated. Morten’s contributions to the band has been invaluable. Besides his incredible musicianship, Morten’s knowledge on so many aspects of life as well as his witty way of being will be so sorely missed.
One thing that is not to forgotten however, is the legacy that Morten has left behind in this world. Morten’s contributions and work in music has brought so much joy and entertainment to so many people throughout the world - and will continue to do so for generations to come. In this fact, we find a great deal of comfort. Needless to say, this will NOT be the end of ARTILLERY. In Morten’s spirit, and as an ode to Morten, Artillery will soldier on. Morten will be missed, but never forgotten.
Good bye, Morten.
We send our condolences to Michael, the rest of Artillery, the entire Stutzer family, and their friends in this difficult time. Thank you for all the great music Morten. Like the band said in the statement, you will be missed but never forgotten. R.I.P.