Swedish rockers CRASHDÏET have parted ways with vocalist Simon Cruz.
Says the band in a statement: "There is a reason for our lack of news lately. The reason for that is that Simon Cruz has left CRASHDÏET. Well, actually, he decided to leave in the midst of our mini tour in Japan... With no notice whatsoever.
"The last few months have been confusing, to say the least, and we haven't been sure of what to make of this... other than that our collaboration with Simon is over.
"However... The recording of the new album will proceed as planned and you can expect hear more from us soon!"
Cruz, who was previously a member of the Stockholm act JAILBAIT, joined CRASHDÏET in 2009 as the replacement for H. Olliver Twisted (now in RECKLESS LOVE).
Former CRASHDIET singer David Hellman (a.k.a. Dave Lepard) was found dead on January 20, 2006 at his apartment in the Swedish city of Uppsala, north of Stockholm. It was reported in several places that he hanged himself, although this was never officially confirmed.
CRASHDÏET's fourth album, "The Savage Playground", entered the official chart in Sweden at position No. 2. The CD was released in January 2013 via Frontiers.
"The Savage Playground" was recorded during summer/autumn 2012 at Kingside Studios outside Stockholm with producer Otto Wellton.
CRASHDÏET released a DVD titled "Shattered Glass And Broken Bones – Three Years Of Generation Wild" on December 4, 2012. The disc featured three hours of live and behind-the-scenes footage complied by the band with Bear Productions.