Richard Bateman, bassist for Florida metal legends NASTY SAVAGE, died from a heart attack on Wednesday, September 5.
NASTY SAVAGE guitarist David Austin said that he was “absolutely devastated” by the passing of his longtime friend and bandmate. He added in a Facebook post: “[The] extraordinary bass playing that he did with NASTY SAVAGE, especially ‘Penetration Point’ [1989], I can’t even put it into words.
“I hope the metal community will surround his family with open arms and give them the comfort that they need at this moment and time. I’m completely shocked. Love you, Richard”.