Black metal musician Tony Särkkä has passed away at the age of 45. Nothing has been mentioned about the cause of death. This news was confirmed by his sister and manager Desire on his Facebook page:

“It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the sad news that my dear brother and soulmate, to you known as It, left his long journey on Mother Earth.

“He will forever be with us in heart and mind, as the great thinker, philosopher and genius he was. It was truly a unique character and those of us who got the privilege to meet and know him in person can consider ourselves lucky.

“I will try to keep his legacy on this page, but please feel free to help me out. He will never be forgotten. I love you forever.”

Tony played for such bands as Abruptum, Ophthalamia, Vondur, Incision, Brejn Dedd, War, and 8th Sin over his career as a musician. Our deepest condolences got out to his family and friends during this tough time.