X Japan bassist Hiroshi ‘Heath’ Morie, a musical icon who influenced the Japanese metal scene, passed away at the age of 55 after a year-long battle with cancer. His death was confirmed by his bandmates and close friends, who expressed their shock and grief over the loss of an exceptional musician and a wonderful person. In this article, we will remember Heath’s life, career, and legacy, and pay tribute to his contributions to the music industry.
Remembering X Japan Bassist Hiroshi ‘Heath’ Morie
Heath was born on January 22, 1968, in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture. He began playing bass at the age of 15, and joined a band called Paranoia in 1986. He later formed another band called Sweet Death with guitarist Pata, who would later become his bandmate in X Japan. Heath was known for his talent, charismatic presence, long hair, and tattoos. He played a pivotal role in X Japan’s domestic and international success, especially during the late 80s and early 90s.
Heath’s death came as a shock to many fans and fellow musicians, who took to social media to express their condolences and share their memories of him. Some of the messages were from Yoshiki, the leader of X Japan, who canceled an award acceptance in San Francisco to fly back to Japan to pay his respects to Heath; Toshi, the vocalist of X Japan, who thanked Heath for his friendship and music; and Hideki Aoyama, the drummer of Babymetal, who said that Heath was his inspiration and mentor.
Heath’s Journey with X Japan
Heath joined X Japan in 1992, filling the void left by Taiji Sawada, who left the band due to artistic disagreements. Heath quickly became indispensable to the group, adding his unique style and flair to the band’s sound. He participated in the recording of albums such as “Dahlia” and “The Last Live”, and performed in numerous tours and concerts, leaving an indelible mark on X Japan’s music anthology.
Heath remained an integral part of X Japan through its various hiatuses and changes in lineup until its eventual disbandment in 1997. Following the band’s dissolution, he embarked on a solo career, releasing albums such as “Heath” and “Gang Age Cubist”, and collaborating with other artists such as Luna Sea, Gackt, and Miyavi. He also rejoined X Japan upon their reunion in 2007, and participated in their revival recordings and performances, such as “I.V.”, “Jade”, and “Angel”. He also appeared at major festivals and events, such as Coachella, Wembley Arena, and Madison Square Garden.
Battling Cancer & Passing Away at 55
Heath received his cancer diagnosis earlier this year, but he chose to keep his illness private, not even sharing it with his band members. According to reports, he wanted to focus on his treatment and recovery without causing worry or distress to anyone. However, his health took a turn for the worse in the last few weeks, and he passed away on November 7, 2023.
According to some sources, he had stage 4 cancer, which means that the disease had spread to other parts of his body. He reportedly underwent chemotherapy and surgery, but the treatment was not effective. He spent his last days at a hospital in Tokyo, surrounded by his family and friends. He was cremated on November 9, 2023, and his ashes were scattered in the sea.
Heath’s Legacy & Influence on Japanese Music Scene
Heath’s death has left a huge void in the Japanese music scene, especially in the metal genre. He was one of the pioneers and innovators of the genre, blending elements of rock, punk, glam, and classical music. He influenced many musicians and bands, such as Babymetal, Dir En Grey, The Gazette, and One Ok Rock. He also inspired many fans with his passion, energy, and charisma.
Heath’s legacy will live on through his music, which will continue to touch the hearts and souls of many people around the world. He will be remembered as a musical icon, a legend, and a hero. He will be missed, but never forgotten.
X Japan bassist Hiroshi ‘Heath’ Morie was a musical icon who influenced the Japanese metal scene. He passed away at the age of 55 after a year-long battle with cancer. His death was confirmed by his bandmates and close friends, who expressed their shock and grief over the loss of an exceptional musician and a wonderful person. He left behind a remarkable music legacy, which will continue to inspire and entertain many generations to come. He was a talented, charismatic, and wonderful person, who will always be in our hearts. Rest in peace, Heath. We love you.