Justin Bartlett, Heavy Metal visual artist, has died aged 45

Justin Bartlettthe heavy metal visual artist also known by his alias VBERKVLThas died after being treated for stage 4 colorectal cancer over the past two years.

Metal fans have likely encountered Bartlett’s work on album covers, T-shirts and other merch, as he contributed a nightmarish, disturbing image that coincided with releases by bands such as Hood threat, Lord Mantisdrawn into the sunlight, catch themHealthy O))), Carcass and more.

News of his passing was confirmed on social media by his sister, Ash, who released touching statements (see below) through Justin’s Instagram page as well as her own, honoring Bartlett’s memory while also sharing warm details about some of their final moments together.

She revealed that her brother died in his sleep on the morning of Jan. 9, and that he “spent his last few days surrounded by family, his close friends and the angel of his girlfriend.”

“He knew he was loved,” she continued, acknowledging how Bartlett bravely faced his diagnosis for the past two years, maintaining the mindset that he and his doctors would one day overcome it all. “Just last night, as I lay next to him rubbing his back, he told me that this sudden decline was just a setback and that he would be better soon,” Ash added.

On her personal page, Ash shared one last memory she is grateful for, her and her brother both exchanging the words “I love you” before she left his room.

It has also been confirmed that GoFundMe page, which was originally set up to help Bartlett with medical bills, will now help the family with funeral expenses. Donate here and to see Bartlett’s art, visit his website and Instagram.

Loudwire extends its condolences to the Bartlett family and all who loved Justin and his art.

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