Skillet guitarist Ben Kasica recently announced that he will be leaving the band to pursue other interests. Kasica and front man John Cooper broke the news via a post on the band's website.

"Our long-time guitarist Ben Kasica is going to end his time with Skillet," Cooper announced on the website. "I always knew the time would come for Ben to leave and pursue other dreams, and now it is here. We are a family and we are going to miss him. We appreciate how hard he has worked for us and wish him the best in his life off the road."

"This has been an incredible journey for me," said Kasica in his post on the website. "Joining the band shortly after turning 16 and basically growing up on the road, I had no idea how long the ride would last but have enjoyed it immensely. I feel completely blessed and honored to have been a part of Skillet’s history."

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