B.C.'s indie-music community is mourning the death of one its admired bass players.
Rich Priske, a.k.a. Rich Rock, was 52 years old when he died of a heart attack, according to iHeart Radio.
He played bass and keyboards with the Matthew Good Band from 1998 to 2002, when the band dissolved, and continued performing with Good through the In a Coma tour in 2005.
"I was sad to hear of the passing of MGB bassist Rich Priske," Good stated on Instagram. "My deepest condolences go out to his friends and family. That night/day at Trader Vic's in Hamburg will remain immortally etched in my memory."
In addition, Priske played with Bif Naked, Art Bergmann, Chrome Dog, and the Real McKenzies. He was featured in East Van author Chris Walter's biography of the band, Under the Kilt: The Real McKenzies.
Naked expressed her gratitude and admiration to Priske over Twitter and Instagram.
"You coached me in every band hockey pool, and always took me under your wing when the going got rough," Naked wrote. "When you came along for my first 'solo artist' tours of Europe and America, it was validating and meaningful to me to share the stage with you."
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Rich Rock🤘🏼💔💔💔🤘🏼With a tender heart, overflowing in gratitude and undying admiration, I wish for you to Rest In Peace, Gentle Giant. You remain A Tower of Power, and have rocked the entire planet🙌🏼leaving us all better for having spent even a minute in your company. My entire heart goes out to your family, your friends and your bandmates, and all your devoted fans💗Big SVT, and heavy Thunderbird, along with your enormous heart and generous friendliness, touched all whom ever saw you, or were blessed to know you. It was life-changing for me to be in Chrome Dog with you, James, Darrell and Bill (and sometimes Bryan), and I treasure all you taught me in our early tour survivals. You coached me in every band hockey pool, and always took me under your wing when the going got rough✊🏼 When you came along for my first “solo artist” tours of Europe and America, it was validating and meaningful to me to share the stage with you🥰 As you went on to shine in Lick The Pole, The Real McKenzies, Sex With Nixon, Art Bergman, ShoCore, MGB, among so many other lucky punks who got the chance to play and tour with you, my admiration for you always grew. And, Dear Rich, I look forward to sharing the stage with you again, many more crazy nights, sometime on the Other Side🤘🏼🥰🤘🏼May Peace Be Upon You Forever More, Rocker 🤘🏼🥰🤘🏼#blessings #richpriske #richrock #restinpeace #restinpower #everybodylovedyousomuch #youwillbemissed #loveandlight #ohyeah #canadianrockgod #canadianrocklegend #canadianbassplayerextraordinaire #extrodinaire #rockgod #rockstar #coolcat #yougotemonthebottom #bassguitar #chromedogphoto
In an interview with Global B.C., Dave Genn of 54-40 described Priske as the "best bass player in Vancouver".
In addition, Priske wrote for music, community, and wine publications and appeared in many music videos.
In recent years, he lived in Kelowna.