Heavy rocker DENIS D'AMOUR lost his battle with colon cancer on Friday (26AUG05) in a Montreal, Canada, hospital. He was 45.

The Voivod guitarist, who was known as PIGGY by fans, was one of the founders of the group - one of Canada's first thrash metal acts.

The group's best-selling albums include WAR + Pain, NOTHINGFACE and KILLING TECHNOLOGY.

D'Amour was a constant in the group, which over the years included former METALLICA star Jason Newsted.

Voivod recently signed a new contract with End Records, and the group was gearing up to enter the studio early next year (06).

Meanwhile, D'Amour has reportedly completed guitar tracks for a reunion by 1970s Montreal band AUT'CHOSE.