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ARMORED SAINT Guitarist Dies Of Leukaemia Aged 26
February 28th, 1990

David Prichard performing live with Armored Saint in 1986

David Prichard died of leukaemia on February 28th, 1990 at the age of 26.

Prichard was the guitarist for Californian heavy metal outfit Armored Saint.

Born November 27th, 1963, David Earl Prichard attended South Pasadena High School in South Pasadena, California. There, Prichard would co-found Armored Saint in 1982. Early tours saw the group open for acts like Metallica, Saxon, Michael Schenker Group, WASP, and Whitesnake. A self-titled EP arrived in 1983 through Metal Blade. Signing an album contract with Chrysalis Records, Armored Saint released the following trio of platters; March Of The Saint (1984), Delirious Nomad (1985), and Raising Fear (1987). The quartet subsequently returned to the Metal Blade label, issuing 1988 live opus Saints Will Conquer.

Fourth full-length Symbol Of Salvation arrived in 1991, a year following the man’s passing. Produced by Dave Jerden, the majority of the music for the outing had been written by Prichard prior to his death. The first guitar solo on the track ‘Tainted Past’ was taken from a 1989 demo Prichard had recorded. 1991 video release A Trip Thru’ Red Times additionally paid tribute, featuring various live performance clips.

Prichard was survived by younger brothers Kenny and Robbie.

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