Band pay tribute to Johnny G after he’s killed in early morning accident on eve of their covers album release

Johnny G

Dead at scene: Johnny G

Former Bulletboys drummer Johnny G has died in an early-morning car accident in California, the band have confirmed. He was 42.

The musician, actor and model, real name John Paul Giosa, was driving his Volkswagen Beatle on a freeway in Westchester, California at 4am, when it turned off the road and struck a concrete bridge pillar. Giosa, who’d been seen earlier in a club with friends, was declared dead at the scene.

Bulletboys frontman Marq Torien says via the band’s Facebook page: “I post this message with a heavy, heavy heart. Words cannot express how devastated I am to hear about my friend Mr Johnny G’s passing.

“My sincerest condolences to his family and the ones he loved. We’re all going to miss you, brother. RIP… Skinnard!”

The band release a compilation covers album, Rocked & Ripped, today, featuring tributes to Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, Pink and Amy Winehouse. The current lineup is Torien, guitarist Niki Rozz, bassist Tchad Drats and drummer Don Bish Dish.

Torien has called on fans to send the band their photos of Giosa for a memorial page on their website, saying: “We are weeping as the pictures flood our email. Every picture we have opened is amazing and some of them even made us laugh and smile.”

Giosa will be buried on Saturday.

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