The former drummer for Ministry, King Crimson and R.E.M., Bill Rieflin, has died of cancer at age 59, as confirmed on social networks by colleagues and friends like Michael Stipe or Robert Fripp.
Rieflin was born in 1960 in Seattle and began his musical career in the late seventies in local bands like The Telepahts, Tupperwares or The Blackouts.
From this last group he jumped to the Ministry led by Al Jourgensen during part of the eighties and nineties. His next destination was R.E.M. from 2003 to 2011 and later, after the end of this group, he joined King Crimson first as a drummer and then keyboard player.
Multi-instrumentalist beyond drums, apart from these illustrious rock names of the last decades, Rieflin also collaborated with many other artists such as Chris Cornell, Nine Inch Nails, Peter Murphy or Swans. He also did solo projects.