Rocker dies in one of the most unusual ways

Anal Cunt fans are paying tribute to the late Josh Martin. One of the fans said, 'Probably the least metal way to die for the most metal guy.' INSTAGRAM
Anal Cunt fans are paying tribute to the late Josh Martin. One of the fans said, 'Probably the least metal way to die for the most metal guy.' INSTAGRAM


Cancer. Heart attack. Car accident. Suicide. Drug overdose.

They are among the most familiar causes of death in the rock music world.

But on Wednesday, Volume Channel show host Eddie Trunk talked about one of the most unusual ways to die.

Former Anal Cunt guitarist Josh Martin is dead, following a gruesome incident at a Rhode Island mall. He was 45. According to WPRI, a man fell from the top of an escalator into the food court at the Providence Place Mall around 10:45 p.m. local time last night (May 28). A witness told police that he had been "clowning around and riding the rail of the escalator" prior to falling and hitting his head on a table below. The victim was treated for head trauma on scene by first responders, then taken to Rhode Island Hospital, where he died from his injuries. Martin's family and friends have since confirmed that he was the 45-year-old Pawtucket resident in the news report. Officials are calling the incident a "tragic accident." Martin played with the intentionally offensive grindcore band from 1996 until they broke up in 2001. He later rejoined the band from 2006 until they permanently disbanded in 2011. Anal Cunt frontman Seth Putnam previously passed away in 2011 at the age of 43 from a suspected heart attack. . . . . #analcunt #grindcore #sethputnam #hitlerwasasensitiveman #escalator #obituary #itjustgetsworse #ilikeitwhenyoudie #axcx #metal #impaled #northernmoonforest #crustpunk #joshmartin #pitchfork #escalatoraccident #relapserecords #earacherecords

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Trunk said that Anal Cunt guitarist Josh Martin, 45, fell from an escalator to his death around 10:45 p.m. Monday. Martin plunged off the upper level of the Providence Place Mall in Rhode Island to the food court below, and a witness said Martin was “clowning around” on the escalator.

Martin slammed his head on a table, was treated for trauma at the scene and was transported to Rhode Island Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Talk about extreme.

The name of the band is also extreme, and it’s so vulgar that a lot of media won’t spell it out. I’ve seen variations on the name: Anal C**t, Anal C–t, An*l C**t and AxCx.

Based on what I’ve seen on social media, it seems Anal Cunt has many loyal fans, even though the band has such repulsive song titles as “Hitler Was a Sensitive Man” and “Conor Clapton Committed Suicide Because His Father Sucks,” the latter changed for libel reasons. I guess one of their other songs, “Limp Bizkit Think They’re Black, but They’re Just Gay,” isn’t a problem.

All of this is a revelation to me, because I had never heard of Martin and Anal Cunt until Trunk told the story about the musician’s demise.

The Massachusetts grindcore band hasn’t been active since 2011, when founder and frontman Seth Putnam died of a suspected heart attack. I wonder if Putnam ever clowned around at the mall.


Written by Billy Joe Jessup

Billy Joe Jessup, 66, is a Mississippi good old boy who saw himself as the Southern Richard Meltzer back in 1974 and 1975. Jessup wrote two satiric sports articles for the rock music magazine Zoo World when he was in his early 20s, but ZW rejected his third article, killing his confidence so much that he battled writer's block for more than four decades until his Guy Hut breakthrough in March 2018.