RIP Mitch Lucker of Suicide Silence, Kenadee Lucker benefit

Mitch Lucker passed away the other week from a motorcycle accident. Mitch was the frontman for Suicide Silence and a father. Despite their intense band name, the five make up some of the most caring people I ever met. Check out what they did for some kids during the holidays here. I had the opportunity to photograph them several times over the past five years. I wash’t extremely close with Mitch, but whenever we saw each other we were able to hang out. I never did a tour with Suicide Silence, however they were on Warped Tour at the same time I was in 2010. When you tour with someone you grow close to them as you hang out and see them everyday. You might not see them again for another year or so, but the friendship doesn’t fade. It takes a backseat until your next encounter with said friend. I have never had someone I photographed multiple times end up dying. It’s a wild thing to come to terms with and gathering the images below brought me to tears on multiple occasions.

Before I get into the images I want to say that Mitch left behind a daughter that he cared dearly about. I am making two prints I have of him available for purchase. All profits go to Kenadee Lucker’s education fund. You can also donate directly to her at

This image is my favorite image to date prior to Mitch’s death, and because of these recent events I don’t imagine I will ever be able to top it.


Oli of Bring Me The Horizon was kind enough to team up with me to sell this image. All orders of this image will first be delivered to Oli in London. He will then sign, write a message for Mitch, and mail them out to you on his own dollar. Thanks Oli, means a lot.


Photoshopped example of what your order will look like

Robot Mosh Fest at Skate Country in West Bend, Wisconsin on August 21st, 2006

They put my image on their Myspace after this show and my 16-year-old self was more stoked than ever.

Show at The Orchard Inn in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin on May 26th, 2007

I talked to Mitch after this show and referenced above images, he recalled them and told me how much he loved them, he gave me his Sidekick e-mail address, I think it was Again, my 17-year-old self was so excited.

Show at The Orchard Inn in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin on September 20th, 2007

Second show at same venue, didn’t talk to him this time though.

South By So What at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas on March 14th, 2010


I emailed their manager and he set up this quick shoot for me with the guys during the day. This was my first time working with the band.


Outtake from photo shoot with Suicide Silence

Outtake from photo shoot with Suicide Silence

Image that was used from this shoot with Suicide Silence

Suicide Silence 2010

Suicide Silence 2010

Various Warped Tour 2010 images


I hung out with everyone in the band on several different occasions during the summer of 2010, after all we spent about 50 days on the same tour. It was a wild summer.


Mitch Lucker heading off stage right after finishing his set in Charlotte, North Carolina

Mitch Lucker heading off stage right after finishing his set in Charlotte, North Carolina

Mitch Lucker cooling off after finishing his set in Charlotte, North Carolina

Suicide Silence pre-show routine of calling their old tech on speakerphone

Suicide Silence pre-show routine of calling their old tech on speakerphone

Suicide Silence standing side stage before their set, accompanied by stage manager Trevor

Suicide Silence standing side stage before their set, accompanied by stage manager Trevor

Mitch Lucker of Suicide Silence live

Mitch Lucker of Suicide Silence Live

Mitch Lucker of Suicide Silence live

Mitch Lucker of Suicide Silence live

Oliver Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon and Mitch Lucker of Suicide Silence hanging out in Las Vegas

Show at Soma in San Diego, California on October 28th, 2010


I met up with my buddy from Minneapolis who was on the road with Suicide Silence being their “party tech”. He let me shoot around a bunch before doors. Mitch’s daughter just so happened to be at this show and I grabbed a bunch of images of them together. It means a lot to me when someone lets me photograph them with their kid, it takes a certain amount of trust. I appreciated him letting me do so.


Mitch Lucker and Kenadee Lucker riding around the venue floor before doors

Mitch Lucker on a skateboard and Kenadee Lucker on a Razor scooter

Stopped them for a tiny bit to take a portrait

Kiss on the forehead

Best smiles

Kenadee Lucker


These next few images all took place before Mitch headed to stage to play that night. Basically we were all sitting backstage when Mitch started stretching. Kenadee walked up to him and started copying everything he did in her own little way.

Kenadee and Mitch’s side

That’s all I got. RIP Mitch, thanks for making millions of peoples lives better- mine included.


POSTED BY Adam Elmakias

Adam Elmakias is a music photographer based out of San Diego, California. He spends most of his time doing stuff with cameras. Adam wrote this himself, not someone else. I am Adam.

  • we Will Never Forget You Mitch Lucker.. m/

  • Thanks, Love, and Respect to Mitch forever in my heart. Grow strong, sweet Kenadee and Mom.

  • Bella

    I love these pictures there all amazing, thank you soo much for taking these, their like the billboard of peoples lives right now. Thank you so Much.

    Live life hard Mitch.

  • Hannah

    Mitch Lucker was a great father and a hero … Mitch will be remembered forever as a great icon of Deathcore. You will leave miss guy

  • Nice post Adam…

    RIP Mitch Lucker..

  • mitch lucker was such an inspiration and a hero to many people and i. he will be missed alot. the pictures are just heartwarming.

  • Great post, the Kennadee and Mitch photos were always some of my favorites of yours. I also like how this post kinda shows how your photography/editing style has changed over time 🙂

    R.I.P. Mitch Lucker!

  • R.I.P Mitch Lucker.
    This post make me wanna cry adam, Hope Keenade is Allright..

  • Emma Wooten

    Rock In Peace forever Mitch. We love you and miss you man. You only get one life, for a very short time. So make every second DIVINE♥

  • Ashley Hernandez

    Adam, this is one of your best blogs. Thank you for sharing your memories of Mitch and photos with us.

  • esmeralda draiman

    Rest in peace mitch we always miss u and have you on our hearts a legend never dies and same with your music your music be alove for ever thanks for saving my life. Your great dad and great guy love u and miss mitchell adams lucker<3

  • jackie brown

    i was wondering how long will we have to purchase the photo i want to get one for myself and my sister for christmas even if it comes after get money this tuesday

  • Jason

    no1 will ever forget 1 of the greatest man in history

  • Descansa en paz Mitch

  • Beautiful pictures…just stunning the emotions captured.

  • Beautiful pictures!!

  • Mitch Lucker R.I.P U always the best Man 🙁

  • These pictures touched my heart and made a tear in my eye. It’s hard seeing someone as lively and caring as him gone from our grasp. You will be greatly missed, Mitchell Adam Lucker! <3

    My heartfelt condolences to his Family, Suicide Silence, and his friends!

  • Kaleb

    Hey man would you be willing to sell a print of the very last one? With the proceeds still going to his daughter?

  • ZackSkellington

    i cant be the only one who started to cry half way through.

    Mitch was my idol. Fucking legendary hero. He will NEVER be forgotten. Not in a million years.

    R.I.P Mitch. We all love you, man.

    • Angieeee

      youre definitely not the only one. 7 months and i start crying if i see a picture of him.
      and then i see the pictures with his daughter, how he smiles at her.. it just hurts.
      I miss him so badly.

    • Ashlyn

      You still aren’t the only one.. <3

  • Love you Mitch Lucker! <3
    Rest In Peace Mitch!
    You Will Forever And Always Be My God! <3

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  • Adam

    Keep your head held high and your heart open little Kenadee, that’s what he would want, per sempre riposa in pace Mitch.

  • vai deixar muiita saudade :/

  • Meu mestre, me lembro o primeiro show que fuii, foi do S.S =) inesquecível, saudades Mitch <3

  • I will always love dear Mitch. <3


  • Jainendra Kumar

    miss ya Mitch 🙁

  • Mitch,
    I just wanted to say I love and miss you so much. It’s still crazy to think that you are no longer going to be here to make music that inspires and brings joy to so many of us “outcasts”. Mitch you were and still are truly a hero. I will never say it’s a shame that you’re gone because you will never be gone. You will always be here with us all through your music and memories. “The Dead Are Living” and you truly are still alive in our hearts and always will be. Stomp On <3 R.I.P.

  • mitch Lucker missed you …
    I hope you calm in nature there

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  • miss you Mitch Lucker!

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  • sabri

    ; – ; just looking at these in class … and cried .. omg

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  • beth miller

    Zack your not the only one who cried I did too. I only got through 4 pictures before I started to cry. Mitch is my fucking hero! he inspires me everyday with his words of wisdom. he may be “dead” but he lives through his fans and his little girl. someday we will see him again. until then we must find a way to keep moving forward. R.I.P Mitch Lucker STOMP THROUGH LIFE! YOLOSJGFN!

  • SusuReed Jango

    Beautifully capturing some of the best moments of Mitch and Kennadee. <3

  • Tao Toms

    This was just too much for my feels. That picture of Mitch and his daughter touching their toes. Ugh ;3;

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