Taiji Sawada passes away at age 45

Reports say that Taiji Sawada, best known simply as “TAIJI”, passed away on July 17 in Saipan at the age of 45. No news has been released pertaining to the cause of death.

Taiji is best known as the original bassist for the Japanese metal band X, which later became X JAPAN. He’s also worked with bands such as DTR and LOUDNESS, as well formed the band CLOUD NINE. His most recent appearance in the United States was as part of the band The Killing Red Addiction. In Aug. of last year while X JAPAN played Yokohama Nissan Stadium, Taiji made a guest appearance with the band, playing with them for the first time in over a decade.

Our deepest condolences to his family, friends and many fans around the world. This versatile musician and artist will be greatly missed.

UPDATE: Recently, Yoshiki released a statement regarding Taiji’s death as follows:

“Receiving the news of Taiji’s death has left me speechless…… I don’t know how to cope with the loss yet. Playing at the Nissan Stadium together last year brings memories as it was yesterday. To imagine what the fans are feeling right now breaks my heart. But that is the reason why we have to stay strong. X Japan will have to carry on with not only HIDE, but Taiji as well in our hearts. May the amazing bassist Taiji rest in peace.”