Michael Grant, vocalist for heavy metal bands Onward and Crescent Shield, died on May 31 at the age of 39. No official information about the singer's passing has been released, but a post on Crescent Shield's official website states that the cause of Grant's death was "a relatively brief but serious illness."

Beginning in 2000, Grant fronted the Montana-based power metal band Onward. Grant also manned the mic for Crescent Shield, which also began in 2000.

Shortly after Grant's death, Crescent Shield guitarist posted a heartfelt tribute to his fallen bandmate. "Working with Mike was the most creatively rewarding experience of my life. Although the band has been on hiatus for a while, Mike and I still were writing new material and his voice and creative energies were still in top form. Losing him at such a young age is both shocking and tragic. I will miss my musical companion, my metal brother, and my friend."