Last Thursday, the music world said goodbye to another one of its own as former Faith No More front man, Chuck Mosley succumbed to an apparent heroin overdose after a long period of recovery from the disease of addiction. As former lead singer of the seminal metal band between 1984 and 1988, Mosley was critical in the formation of the genre as we know it before being fired and replaced by current singer Mike Patton. Mosley and the first incarnation of Faith No More pushed the envelope both musically and culturally with their biting sarcastic sensibility and their sonic blending of funk and metal. After his time in Faith No More, Mosley continued to work in music and sang for the hardcore band Bad Brains, as well as playing in another funk metal outfit, Cement. Last year he toured playing his own solo acoustic material.
Mosley was just 57 years old and leaves behind two daughters. His untimely and tragic passing is the latest reminder that recovery from the disease of addiction is a lifelong endeavor that often requires more ongoing nurturing even as sobriety progresses. Even when a person thinks they have drug and alcohol dependency under control, many find that relapse is waiting just around the corner and can be triggered by a variety of different factors. This is why it’s critical that those in recovery are mindful every day of how far they’ve come and the work they’ve yet to do in order to stay on track.
Recovery Unplugged Texas (Austin Detox Center, Austin Treatment Center and Austin Rehab Center) extends our sincerest and profound condolences to Chuck Mosley’s loved ones and lament the hole that his death has left in the contemporary musical landscape. We would also like to remind anyone in recovery who is feeling vulnerable to relapse to lean on their support systems and, if necessary, get themselves back into treatment so they can re-steady their course and continue to live a life free of the disease of addiction.