SPONGE confirmed Cross's passing via social media, writing: "It is with heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of Mike Cross. One of the musical architects and founding member of SPONGE. His influence and talent will be missed."
As a co-writer for SPONGE's platinum-selling album "Rotting Piñata", sophomore album "WaxEcstatic" and third release "New Pop Sunday", Mike helped catapult the band into rock star status with his catchy hooks, iconic crunchy guitar and an undeniable original sound.
A message at the MC ROADS Facebook page read: "It is with overwhelming sadness and shock that we inform you that Mike Cross passed away Sunday March 6th. Mike was a founding member and lead guitarist of LOUDHOUSE and SPONGE which produced the gold (and then some) record Rotting Piñata. In recent years Mike formed MC ROADS and released the EP No Nostalgia. Taking the new music on the road was going to be the next step. Gone way too soon.