January 5, 2016
Gig Michaels of Swamp da Wamp died a few hours before birthday. Gig Michaels, the larger than life lead singer of the southern country rock blues band Swamp da Wamp passed away last at 8:03 p.m., on January 3, 2016 just hours before his 52nd birthday.
Many fans and followers are wondering what happened to their beloved larger than life performer. Michaels had been treated for Bronchitis since October, 2015. In mid December he took a fall that injured his knee which made him sedentary. During that time it is believed that he also caught the flu.
All of these events combined to cause the perfect storm and right before Christmas, Michaels was admitted into the hospital for treatment for pneumonia. On the 2nd day into his hospital stay he was admitted into the ICU for respiratory distress from the pneumonia and later diagnosed with advanced COPD. After fighting for 12 days in ICU, and fight he did, his body was just too weak to go on.
Michael’s with his band Swamp da Wamp recently released their CD, That Easy. Plans for the music video for his next single, “Changes,” were in pre-production with a company in Nashville, with the video slated to be shot in McMinnville, TN in the spring.
Swamp da Wamp members are passionate about our nation’s Veterans and they’re ardent supporters of Native American Heritage Association (NAHA). They are honored to have performed on all three of NAHA’s famous “Rock Legends” cruises alongside legendary acts such as ZZ Top, Foreigner, Alice Cooper, Molly Hatchet, Marshall Tucker Band, Pat Travers Band, Artimus Pyle Band and the The New Lords.
The band is committed to promoting the anti-bullying movement, working closely with international organization Stopbully.com. Just recently Stopbully.com has adopted Swamp’s “I Am” as their anthem.
The members of the band are currently grieving the loss of their leader. To find out more about them, you can visit the website and like them on Facebook.
Michaels is survived by his brothers, sisters, mother, father and son. The family has not released information on funeral plans at this time but has determined that he will be cremated with a memorial in the warmer weather being considered. Friends and fans should follow his Facebook pages for more information on that in days to come.
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