On Monday morning, police responded to a call about an unexpected death at a home in Eureka, California.
Drugs and alcohol were not believed to have been factors in Howe’s death.
Shortly after his death, Metal Church released a statement on Facebook, saying, “It is with our deepest regrets that we must announce the passing of our brother, our friend and true legend of heavy metal music."
“We are devastated and at a loss for words. Please respect our privacy and the Howe family’s privacy during this most difficult time,” the statement went on.
Howe joined Metal Church after the release of their second album. He was part of the band’s third album “Blessing in Disguise,” which includes hit song “Badlands.”
The band broke up in the mid-‘90s, but eventually got back together. Six years ago, Howe rejoined the band.