A sad day RIP.
formerly known as slewis ---
Not my favourite branch of metal at all (I'm old school Schenker UFO, Halford era Judas Priest, Iron Maiden up to and including Number of the Beast - but like the Dianno stuff more), but to pop your clogs from a spider bite at 49!
I suspect, but don't know for sure, it was probably a brown recluse.
For people who don't know there's a spider in America called a "brown recluse", which, as it's name suggests is (a) brown and (b) reclusive - it likes to hide. Brown recluse bites do this (not for the faint hearted):
It's one of those things newcomers to the southwest of the US tend to get warned about by the locals first. Everyone knows about snakes, but not the poisonous spiders...
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