Lars Ranzenberger, otherwise known as Lars Ratz, the former bassist and keyboardist of onetime German power metal outfit Metalium, died on Sunday (April 18) after crashing a homebuilt aircraft he was piloting in his adopted home base of Mallorca, Spain. He was 53.
Outside of his past musical activities and work as the founder of lighting design firm MallorcaLED, Ranzenberger also hobbied with ultralight aircraft, small fixed-wing planes that typically hold just one or two people. He was reportedly the sole passenger aboard his craft when it crashed this week, as Blabbermouth and We Publish News noted. Emergency services responded but were unable to save him.