DEAD END's guitarist, Yuji "YOU" Adachi, has died of sepsis or septicaemia, commonly referred to as "blood poisoning". YOU (born March 10, 1964, in Osaka, Japan) guided the fledgling DEAD END from 1986 through its breakthrough and international recognition.
In 1982, YOU was a member of TERRA ROSA and a year later of JESUS, before joining DEAD END in 1986, the year of the band's debut studio album DEAD LINE, released by independent record label Night Gallery. As the band being a quartet, he was the only guitarist and became the main songwriter. He later also worked with Ryuichi Kawamura (河村隆一), Jill's Project and GOATCORE among others, and released many solo albums.
The band confirmed YOU's passing in a social media post today (June 18). From the band's OHP:
【訃報】 大変突然で、悲しいお知らせです。 DEAD ENDのギタリスト足立“YOU”祐二が令和2年6月16日に敗血症のため永眠いたしました。 DEAD ENDのメイン・コンポーザーとして数々のオリジナリティある楽曲を生み出し、その類い稀なるテクニックとトーン、流麗なメロディック・センスで数多の人を魅了し、多くのアーティストに影響を与えた偉大なギタリストでした。 これまで応援して下さった皆様ならびに関係者の皆様に深く感謝いたしますとともに、謹んでお知らせ申し上げます。 ご遺族のご意向により、通夜及び葬儀は近親者のみにて執り行われます。 なお、「お別れ会」の開催につきましては、改めてご報告をさせていただきます。 令和2年6月19日 DEAD END
【Obituary】 It is with deep sadness that we announce DEAD END guitarist Yuji "YOU" Adachi passed from sepsis on June 16, 2020. As the main composer of DEAD END, YOU created a catalog of unique songs. His sublime artistry attracted fans and musicians with his unusual technique, tone and flowing melodic sense. YOU was an exceptional guitarist who influenced many, many artists. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to all those who have supported him. Due to the wishes of the bereaved family, vigil and funeral service are held by the family only. A memorial service will be held at a later date. June 19, 2020. DEAD END
There were almost 50m sepsis cases worldwide and 11m deaths in 2017, according to US researchers writing in the Lancet medical journal.
Sepsis, an overcharged response by the body to infection, is associated with one in five deaths worldwide, they say. By comparison, the World Health Organisation estimated that there were 9.6 million deaths from cancer in 2018.