Johnny Solinger dead – Skid Row singer dies aged 55 after suffering liver failure as bandmates pay tribute

SKID Row singer Johnny Solinger has died at the age of 55 after telling fans he was suffering liver failure, it's been announced.

The musician's bandmates confirmed the sad news today.

In a Facebook post, they said: "We are saddened to hear the news of our brother Johnny Solinger.

"Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fans.

"Godspeed Singo. Say hello to Scrappy for us."

It was signed off: "Much love, Rachel Bolan, ZP Theart, Snake Sabo, Rob Hammersmith, Scotti Hill."

Solinger told fans of his health battle in May.

In a social media post, he said: "It is with a heavy heart I must let everyone know what’s going on with me and my health. 

"I have been hospitalised for over the last month.

"I have been diagnosed with liver failure. And prognosis is not so good.

"As with most musicians I do not have health insurance and it’s very difficult to get proper care without it."

He said he was on "at least seven different medications" and needed to have fluid drained from his abdomen once every two days.

He said: "I have lost a lot of strength and will require physical therapy as well."

And he said he'd been forced to look into fundraising to pay for his medical bills and palliative care.

"I would not be asking you all this if I didn't really need the help, but sadly this is where I'm at," he said.

"I appreciate and want you all to keep me in your thoughts and send me all the healing vibes you can, but I get exhausted easily so I will ask you to please not call or text unless absolutely necessary.

"But please, if you can help in this difficult time, I will wholeheartedly appreciate it.

"Love you all."


Solinger rose to fame as Skid Row’s lead singer when the band reformed in 1999.

They had previously split in 1996 when Sebastian Bach left.

The musician featured on two of the band’s albums and two EPs before leaving in April 2015 and replaced with TNT singer Tony Harnell, who quit just eight months later.

Solinger himself said he'd left to pursue solo work, but the band claimed he'd been fired.

He was reportedly married to actress Paula Marcenaro Solinger, with the pair getting wed in 2011.

Earlier today, she posted in an Instagram story: "The reality is, you will grieve forever.

"You will not 'get over' the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it.

"You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered."

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