Singer Nicole Bogner passed away after a battle with an unspecified "serious disease" in early January 2012 at the age of 27. Bogner fronted the Austrian symphonic metal band Visions of Atlantis from 2000 to 2005, handling vocal duties on the band's first two albums, 'Eternal Endless Infinity' and 'Cast Away.'
Bogner possessed a haunting yet operatic voice, which helped give Visions of Atlantis their signature sound alongside co-vocalist Mario Plank. After Bogner's passing, the band paid tribute to the late singer on their Facebook page. "With Nicole a great part of Visions of Atlantis died as well. We will always treasure your warm hearted soul, you will never be forgotten Nici."