The death has been announced of Mike Howe, singer with the American heavy metal band Metal Church, at the age of 55.

No cause of death has been released.

Howe's passing was announced in a band statement on Metal Church's Facebook page.

It read: "It is with our deepest regrets that we must announce the passing of our brother, our friend and true legend of heavy metal music.

"Mike Howe passed away this morning [Monday] at his home in Eureka, California.

"We are devastated and at a loss for words. Please respect our privacy and the Howe family's privacy during this most difficult time."

Howe was Metal Church frontman from 1988 to 1994, rejoining the band in 2015.

He sang on the studio albums Blessing in Disguise (1989), The Human Factor (1991), Hanging in the Balance (1993), XI (2016) and Damned If You Do (2018). From the Vault, a compilation of previously unreleased songs from Howe's time with the band and four newly recorded tracks, was released last year.

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Here are some of the tributes from his fellow artists: