Vocalist Steve Lee of Swiss hard rockers Gotthard was killed in a motorcycle accident in Nevada on Tuesday October 5. He was 47 years old.
He died after his bike was clipped by a semitrailer shortly after 4:00 p.m., Nevada Highway Patrol spokesman Joe Fackrell said on a KVVU-TV broadcast.
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Fackrell said a group of motorcyclists, including Lee's girlfriend Brigitte Voss-Balzarini and Gotthard bassist Marc Lynn, had stopped on the side of northbound Interstate 15, about fifty miles north of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Lee died at the scene and the cause of the crash is under investigation, said Fackrell.
Krokus bassist and fellow countryman Chris von Rohr told Blick, "I am speechless; I don't know even know what to say. I express my deepest condolences to his parents."
An official statement on the matter from the band's management and record company is expected later today.