Friends and former bandmates of much-loved Vancouver guitarist Ziggy Sigmund are reporting his death on Facebook. No cause has been given.
Over the course of a career that spanned decades Sigmund played with some of the city’s most respected and revered bands, including Slow and the Scramblers.
From the late-’90s until the early '00s he was also a member of industrial-pop unit Econoline Crush, a group he rejoined in 2010. Econoline Crush posted this today on Facebook:
“David “Ziggy” Sigmund, my friend, partner, my brother in arms has crossed over. His sudden passing has taken all of us by surprise.
He was a brilliant musician, creative genius, entertaining conversationalist and the best hang. My life is forever changed. I want to thank everyone for the kind messages of support during this difficult time.”
Sigmund was most recently part of a deservedly-hyped Slow reunion, which you can read more about here.
His former bandmate in Slow, Terry Russell, posted a recent photo of Sigmund on Facebook with the simple but devastating: "I Love this human."
As for Sigmund's work with the Scramblers, if there’s a god, the band’s mythical mid-’80s, pre-Bruce Allen demo tape might one day surface. Making a beautifully unholy roar on songs like "Shed My Skin", Sigmund was part of a truly lethal one-two guitar punch with former Rabid member Jon Doe.
Here’s Slow’s untouchable "Have Not Been the Same", where, in all of his bleached-blonde glory, you’ll see Sigmund on guitar.