Ken Chinn of Canadian hardcore punk band SNFU – also known as Mr Chi Pig – has passed away at the age of 57.
Chinn’s SNFU bandmate Dave Bacon confirmed his passing on Facebook late last week, though he did not give a cause of death. Bacon wrote, “It breaks my heart to say this, but our beloved friend has left this mortal coil just a short while ago. He is now at peace. May he live on in our hearts and memories forever.”
As the frontman of SNFU—which stands for “Society’s No Fucking Use”—Chinn helped skate punk flourish throughout the ’80s and ’90s. The band’s last studio album Never Trouble Trouble Until Trouble Troubles You arrived in 2013, with a line-up lead by Chinn and guitarist Ken Fleming.
SNFU have released the song “Cement Mixer (to all my beautiful friends)” to celebrate the life of their eccentric vocalist. The band wrote on Facebook, “Mr Chi Pig’s soul took flight. He wanted his friends and fans to enjoy this song he wrote for all of you.”
RIP, Ken Chinn. Listen to “Cement Mixer (to all my beautiful friends)” below: