Former Manowar drummer Scott Columbus has died at the age of 54.
Manowar posted the following statement on their website:
“It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our brother Scott Columbus. Scott Columbus was a rare talent and equally a rare individual. He was a father, a friend and a brother of metal. All of the great moments we spent together in the studio, in our homes and on the road are burnished in our hearts and memories forever. These words are spoken with heavy hearts but we have the comfort of knowing that he is in a good place and at peace. He will never be forgotten.”
Columbus rose to prominence in the early ’80s after replacing Manowar drummer Donnie Hamzik. Following Manowar’s 1988 album ‘Kings of Metal,’ Columbus parted ways with the band. He later returned to the group in 1995 and played on ‘Warriors of the World,’ ‘Louder Than Hell, and ‘Gods of War’ before leaving in 2008.
It has been said that Columbus was such a powerful drummer that his drums had to be made of stainless steel in order to withstand his punishing blows. His kit became known as “The Drums of Doom.”
The cause of his death has not yet been determined.