“It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of our dear friend, bandmate, and artist, Defiance guitarist Doug Harrington. At his request, and for the privacy of his family, we did not make his condition known, but Doug had been quietly battling cancer for much of this year, until Tuesday night when he finally succumbed to it. He went peacefully and in the presence of his wife and family. Born in 1966, he was 40 years old. Doug was however able to participate in several of the writing and recording sessions for the new Defiance record, including one just 3 days before he passed. When we found out about Doug’s condition, we had already been writing and rehearsing for the new album, and Doug continued to go to practices and participate in the songwriting and it was his wish that we finish the album without him. And although it will be extremely difficult, we will honor his request, and you can expect to see the record in stores this Spring. Doug was an extremely talented musician, and an even more wonderful human being, and he will be sadly missed by all. Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to all of Doug’s family and friends. Please keep checking the websites for more information, comments and updates. Also, please feel free to leave comments at the guestbook at Defiance1.com Sincerely, Defiance” Roadrunner Records is saddened by the loss of a true original. Our condolences go out to his family, friends and fans all over the world.