On January 9th, after a two-year-long battle with stage 4 colorectal cancer, the iconic metal visual artist Justin Bartlett – who worked under the name VBERKVLT – passed away. He was 45 years old.
Working under the name VBERKVLT, Bartlett collaborated with several metal bands and artists, including such acts as Sun O))), Trap Them, Gatecreeper, and many more.
Confirming his passing, Bartlett’s sister Ash posted the following message on the VBERKVLT Facebook on January 9th:
“Hello, KVLT PLANET. This is Justin’s sister, Ash. With profound sadness, I’m announcing that Justin Dale Bartlett passed away peacefully in his sleep early this morning after his lengthy battle with Stage IV Colon Cancer.
“Justin spent his last few days surrounded by family, his close friends, and his angel of a girlfriend. He knew he was loved.
I want everyone to know that he literally FOUGHT this cancer until the end. He never, EVER gave up.
“Just last night as I was laying next to him and rubbing his back, he told me that this sudden decline was only a set back, and that he would feel better soon.
“The last couple years were a struggle for Justin, to say the least. But… He’s finally at peace. With sincerest gratitude, I want to thank everyone who checked in on Justin, coordinated fundraisers for him, and donated funds. Memorial/funeral announcements will come soon.
“If you have any fond memories of Justin, please share them in the comments. I’d love to read them. I’ll also be reposting tagged posts in his Stories.
“(Donations will go toward funeral expenses.) https://gofund.me/04117147
“FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS. VBERKVLT FOREVER!”
We send all our love to Bartlett’s family and loved ones. Below you will find some of Bartlett’s metal album covers:
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