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Mike Cross (Sponge) Death & Cause Of Death: Detroit-born lead guitarist and a founding member of Loudhouse and Sponge band group is dead



Mike Cross, a Detroit-born lead guitarist and a founding member of Loudhouse and Sponge band group, which created the gold (and then some) record Rotting Piata, has passed away.

Mike’s death was brought to our attention by Willy Wison, a Michigan-based friend of Mike’s who posted on Facebook that he had gone unexpectedly.

Willy claims that:

“It is with great sadness that we inform you that our 1983 classmate Mike Cross (Mike Rygiel) died away last weekend.

Mike Roads passed away on Sunday, March 6th, according to a press statement from MC Roads: It is with great grief and astonishment that we notify you that Mike Cross passed away on Sunday, March 6th. Mike was a founding member and lead guitarist of Loudhouse and Sponge, the band that released the gold-certified Rotting Piata album. Mike founded MC Roads and released the EP No Nostalgia in recent years.

The next step would be to take the new song on the road. He was taken from us far too soon. Mike, we love you so much.”

Mike was born in Detroit and is a founding member and guitarist for the platinum-selling band Sponge.


If you grew up in the 1990s, there’s a good chance you still have “Plowed” on your playlist of favorite songs.

Mike recently returned to the music industry with his new band, MC Roads, after nearly two decades away.

When Mike left the band Sponge in 2000, he wasn’t sure what his next move in music would be.

He certainly didn’t expect it would be more than two decades before he made it. But at that point, the guitarist had established some goals he felt were paramount.

“I didn’t want to be a guitar player for another band,” explains Cross, 56, who’s just launched a new group, MC Roads, releasing the hard-rocking single “Call It What You Want” and more coming” – He said in one of his interviews

Cross not only returned to the guitar in his new project, but he also took on vocal responsibilities.

MC Roads, who is signed to Golden Robot Records,  released two tracks in advance of their upcoming EP No Nostalgia, which was released last summer of 2021.

What Happened To The Sponge Band?

Vinnie Dombroski, guitarist Mike Cross, bassist Tim Cross, drummer Jimmy Paluzzi, and guitarist Joey Mazzola all created the band Sponge in 1992 in Detroit, Michigan. Dombroski, the Cross brothers, and Mazzola were previously members of the hard rock band Loudhouse, with Mazzola joining later in the band’s run. Sponge has nine studio albums, four live albums, and numerous charting songs to his credit.

Their biggest hits were “Plowed” in 1994, “Molly (16 Candles Down the Drain)” in 1995, and “Wax Ecstatic (To Sell Angelina)” in 1996.

Throughout the band’s existence, the roster has changed multiple times, with founder and leader Dombroski remaining the only permanent member.

On August 6, 2021, the band released Lavatorium, their ninth studio album.


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