Growing up west of (the) 5 freeway, the heavy metal sound fo the '80s escaped us. But while vacationing in the far off land of Riverside County during the holidays as a wee tyke, we would listen to our cousins' heavy metal tapes with envy and detached amusement. This was one of the songs we enjoyed most, Quiet Riot's "Cum on Feel the Noize." Sadly, their lead signer, Kevin Dubrow, 52, was found dead this past Sunday afternoon in his Las Vegas home.

Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali has this to say to CNN, "I'm at a loss for words. I've just lost my best friend...out of respect for both Kevin and his family, I won't comment further. There's going to be a lot of speculation out there, and I won't add to that. I love him too much." Sad.

No word yet on the exact cause of Dubrow's death.