AceShowbiz - Murderdolls frontman Wednesday 13 has paid tribute to the band's ex-drummer Ben Graves, who has died of cancer at the age of 46. Ben, who joined the horror punk group as they toured their debut album "Beyond the Valley" of the Murderdolls, passed away on Wednesday, May 9, his fiancee Lydia confirmed.
After his death, Wednesday 13, real name Joseph Michael Poole, wrote on Facebook: "I will forever cherish the memories with you. Touring all over the world for the first time, living our dream and constantly quoting 'The Terminator' and 'Commando' movies. Love ya, buddy. There will never be another Ghoul. See ya on the other side."
Lydia told fans about her partner's death in an emotional post on the social media site.
"This is incredibly hard for me to write this, but I know it is necessary because Ben has so many friends and fans," she explained. "Most of you don't know that Ben has been battling cancer for the last 11 months. It was his decision to keep his health very quiet. Ben passed away today, May 9th 2018, from complications due to his cancer. His diagnosis was grim, but he fought a long and hard battle to try and beat it and overcome the odds. Some battles can't be won no matter how hard you try."
Lydia also wrote that her "heart died with him" and added that the musican would be buried in Massachusetts. There will also be a memorial in Los Angeles for her friends.
The band rose to fame in 2002 and Ben took over drumming duties from multi-instrumentalist founder Joey Jordison while on tour. He quit the group in 2004.