Baba Ikuzo(馬場育三), better known as the bassist IKUZONE of the band Dragon Ash, has suddenly passed away at the age of 46. An announcement on the group’s official website on Tuesday night revealed that IKUZONE died of acute heart failure on the night of April 21st.
IKUZONE had collapsed in his home studio and was discovered by his family. He was quickly taken to a hospital, where his death was confirmed at 10:55pm.
Dragon Ash was scheduled to perform at the Okuma Beach Fest 2012 event in Okinawa on April 28, but due to IKUZONE’s death, they have canceled their appearance.
IKUZONE was one of Dragon Ash’s founding members in 1996, along with Kj(降谷建志) and Sakurai Makoto(桜井誠).