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Punk Rock Icon Vance Bockis Dies Aged 50

Written by Mike Hohnen on September 5, 2012

The punk rock community has been dealt a devastating blow this week following news that a seminal figure in the scene Vance Bockis has passed away.

Bockis’ fingerprints can be found all over modern punk rock music. Having featured in many projects, including The Obsessed, Pentagram, The Factory and 9353, Bockis was everywhere and left an immeasurable impact on the genre.

The musician’s career and struggle with drugs was the setting for a documentary. The 2010 Shift explored Bockis’ music career, as well as his road to recovery after years of drug abuse. He had successfully shaken off those demons and had been sober for six-and-a-half years.

“I should be dead or I should be in prison,” Bockis confessed in the doco.

Vance was clean and sober for almost six-and-a-half years,” Leisz Bockis, Vance’s wife told WTOP (Via Blabbermouth). “He was so thrilled with his life being sober,” she added.

Bourkis had recently undergone rotator cuff surgery, though passed away a matter of days later (apparently of a blood clot) with his wife Linda Leisz Bockis by his side.

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