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Heavy rockers drowned in Brazil.

TWO members of British heavy metal band After Death have drowned on tour in Brazil.

The body of 21-year-old guitarist Leon Villalba washed ashore shortly after he was seen struggling in heavy waves on a beach in Sergipe state.

Bass player Tim Kennelly, 18, who was with him in the water is missing and police say he too has drowned.

After Death had just begun a 23-date tour in Brazil.

Miguel Freitas, managing director of the band's label Death Toll records, confirmed the drowning.

Drummer Barry O''Connor revealed to the press that all five band members were at the deserted beach on Thursday afternoon when the incident occurred.

"The waves started getting heavier and I came out.

"But Tim and Leon went out further and looked really confident," he said.

"The next thing I know, I heard Leon screaming 'help, help, help.' Tim heard him and turned around and swam toward him.

"He exerted lots of energy doing that and by the time he got to Leon, he was struggling also."

Other members of the band include lead guitarist Marc Yacas and vocalist Kendo Ken.

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TRAGIC: A publicity photo of heavy metal band After Death. Guitarist Leon Villalba and bass player Tim Kennelly are pictured on the right
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jan 23, 2010
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