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Spinal Tap Drummer Ric Parnell Has Passed Away


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Ric Parnell, who played Mick Shrimpton, the drummer of Spinal Tap, has passed away.

Harry Shearer, who also starred in the movie, shared the sad news on Twitter last night.

Several tributes have started pouring in on social media. Parnell's Spinal Tap bandmate Michael KcKean wrote on Twitter, "Rick Parnell was a great drummer. More to say tomorrow. Right now rest in peace will have to do.”

There is also a GoFund that has been setup to help cover his funeral costs.

Parnell was 70 years old, and no cause of death has been reported.


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