"News is still coming in, but JON OLIVA's PAIN guitarist and collaborator with many a Florida based metal outfit, guitarist Matt LaPorte has passed away. CIRCLE II CIRCLE bassist Mitch Stewart referenced the unfortunate event on his Facebook page. More information as it becomes available. "
I wish I could say I'm surprised, but sadly I am not. Nevertheless, this is a damn shame. Matt was an amazing guitarist, the closest we'll ever see to a second Criss Oliva. Very proud to say I've met him, seen him play live, and even shared the stage with him within the same night. RIP.