Former SKID ROW singer Johnny Solinger has died at the age of 55. His death comes a little over a month after he announced he was suffering from liver failure.
Earlier today, SKID ROW issued the following statement via social media: “We are saddened to hear the news of our brother Johnny Solinger. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fans. Godspeed Singo. Say hello to Scrappy for us.”
Solinger, who was a member of SKID ROW from 1999 to 2015, appearing on the “Thickskin” and “Revolutions Per Minute” albums, as well as the “United World Rebellion” and “Rise Of The Damnation Army” EPs, revealed his diagnosis in a social media update on May 8. He wrote: “It is with a heavy heart I must let everyone know what’s going on with me and my health. I have been hospitalized for over the last month. I have been diagnosed with liver failure. And prognosis is not so good. As with most musicians I do not have health insurance and it’s very difficult to get proper care without it.
“I am currently under at least seven different medications and I need to have my abdomen drained off fluid that gets accumulated every couple of days. I have lost a lot of strength and will require physical therapy as well.
“At the moment, I am looking into putting together some sort of fundraiser to help with the medical bills and with the palliative care I will need in the coming months. I am kindly asking those of you who could help put this together to step forward. I would not be asking you all this if I didn’t really need the help, but sadly this is where I’m at.
“I appreciate and want you all to keep me in your thoughts and send me all the healing vibes you can, but I get exhausted easily so I will ask you to please not call or text unless absolutely necessary. But please, if you can help in this difficult time, I will wholeheartedly appreciate it.
“Love you all. I will post a link where you can donate very soon but I wanted to update you on my condition.”
Solinger was fired by SKID ROW in April 2015 and replaced by TNT singer Tony Harnell.