Former Korn touring guitarist Shane Gibson dies aged 35

Shane Gibson 1970 - 2014.
Shane Gibson 1970 - 2014. (Image credit: Paul Hebert/Icon SMI/Corbis)

Shane Gibson, who from 2007 to 2010 was a touring guitarist with Korn, died today from complications due to a blood clotting disorder. He was 35 years old.

After Brian "Head" Welch left Korn in 2005, the band hired various touring guitarists rather than seek a permanent replacement. Guitarists Rob Patterson and Sevendust's Clint Lowery briefly worked with the group, but Gibson's three-year stretch was the longest.

Most recently, Gibson was a member of the band stOrk. The group posted the following message on their Facebook page:

"It is with deepest sadness and regret that we must confirm that stOrk founding member and lead guitarist Shane Paul Gibson passed away at 5:45 AM on April 15th, 2014 in the UAB Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama as a result of complications from a blood clotting disorder. He was 35 years old. He was one of the best guitar players the world has ever known and his virtuosity was matched only by his wit and generosity of spirit. He will be missed beyond measure.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and all those who loved him as much as we did.


Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.