Tibor Kati from Romanian metal band Negura Bunget has issued this announcement about Negru passing away earlier today:
“With great grief in our souls, we inform you that our friend and colleague, Gabriel ‘Negru’ Mafa, passed today, March 21st 2017, aged 42. We deeply regret the death of the man who founded and maintained Negura Bunget, and who dedicated his life to the sacred side of our culture, bringing it to life through music and transmitting it to various generations from all over the world.
“We hope that his legacy will continue to enchant and console those whom he left behind. With regret and sadness, we offer our condolences to his family and to those who knew and cherished him in this life.”
Several bands have since posted to express their condolences, with Northern Plague issuing this statement: “With deep sadness we would like to pass on the information, that our brother, friend and driving force of one of the very few UNIQUE bands in the world – Negura Bunget, Gabriel ‘Negru’ Mafa has passed away, age 42.
“What’s really depressing, we saw each other on your show in Warsaw just a couple of days ago, and nobody would see this coming. Thank you for your music, thank you for the opportunity to travel together and experience your magnificent country, Thank you for the memories. May your soul rest.”