(Story last updated on October 30 at 4:35 a.m. EST) Legendary hard rock drummer Chuck Biscuits (born Charles Montgomery), whose lengthy résumé includes stints in such flagship underground acts as BLACK FLAG and SOCIAL DISTORTION, appears to have been the victim of a death hoax involving a Facebook page and several months' worth of correspondence from someone claiming to be Chuck. (More information can be found on the blog of James Greene, Jr., a freelance music writer from Brooklyn, New York.)
***UPDATE***: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada's The Straight contacted Biscuits' former bandmate Joey Keithley, singer-guitarist of D.O.A. He confirmed that Biscuits is very much alive. BrooklynVegan also received word that Keith Morris of the CIRCLE JERKS has refuted reports of Chuck's passing.
A person using the e-mail address that was previously believed to have been utilized by Biscuits sent out an e-mail Tuesday morning (October 27) claiming that Chuck, who is 44 years old, died on October 24 after a prolonged battle with throat cancer.
"In response to the inquires, thank you for all the support," the e-mail stated. "Chuck did not survive his battle with throat cancer. He passed surrounded by his family on 10/24/09."
Since the original death story went viral, several people (including former DANZIG bassist Eerie Von and Chuck's brother Bob Montgomery, who was apparently "somewhat estranged" from Biscuits for a time) have openly questioned the reports of Chuck's passing. It is also being claimed that Biscuits was seen at work earlier today and that he is "pissed off" about the rumors of his demise. As of this writing, however, he has yet to come forward and pubicly confirm that he is alive and well.
Chuck Biscuits is probably best known for his work with DANZIG. Beginning in 1988, Chuck played on that group's first four albums, which are often hailed as DANZIG's best (thanks in no small part to Chuck's powerful drumming style). The percussionist also appeared on 1993's "Thrall: Demonsweatlive" EP; that release yielded an unexpected chart-burning hit for DANZIG in "Mother" a song the band originally included on their self-titled debut.
For more information, read the rest of James Greene, Jr.'s October 27, 2009 blog entry.