Unfortunately the sad news, spreading the web pretty fast during the last hours, are true, here is the official confirmation from the band, which was quickly posted to keep the fans updated, whilst on the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise with only limited web access. "To friends and fans of Mark Reale and Riot, We are deeply saddened to confirm that Mark has lost his battle with a lifelong illness. Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated by Mark's family, friends, and bandmates at this difficult time." R.I.P. Mark, you surely will be missed!