Bryn Merrick, bass guitarist with Victimize, the Damned and The Shamones, sadly passed away on Saturday 12th September 2015 following a long battle with cancer.

Bryn Merrick, performing with the Shamones in Caerphilly 2015
Bryn Merrick, performing with the Shamones in Caerphilly 2015

Andy Johnson, Guitarist with both Victimize and The Shamones posted the following on Facebook Yesterday….

“On behalf of his daughter, Ella and sons, Richard & Christian, it is with so much sadness that I announce that my best friend, Bryn Merrick, passed away, peacefully, this morning, after a long battle with cancer, at Llandough hospital near Cardiff.

He was loved and adored by everyone who met him. He was a true rebel and lived life in the fast lane. If you made friends with him, it was for life. He hadn’t a bad bone in his body. Everyone who knew him knew of his crazy character and there will be plenty of stories to tell in the coming weeks and months. But, when all is said and done he was just a ‘great bloke!’ He adored his daughter, Ella whom he kept in touch with despite the thousands of miles between them and I know Ella truly thought of him as her hero, which he was! He recently spent time with Richard, his son which will have given him great comfort and peace.

As for me, there will be a massive hole in my life. I’ve known Bryn since I was 10 years old and we’ve laughed, argued, fought, got drunk, got stoned, made music and done many crazy things together but always remained true friends.

So, on behalf of Ella, Richard & Christian and all those close to Bryn I would like to say Goodnight, God bless to a true gentleman

Rest in peace mucker!”

An article about his passing features in the Western Mail

He will be missed by the Peppermint Iguana crew, we met him on a few occasions but we could not claim to know him. He did, however, bring us many hours of happiness with his music and we will be paying tribute to him on the next Peppermint Iguana Radio show.