Chris Richards is a former bass guitarist of Suffocation. He started playing bass at the age of 15. He grew up in Long Island, New York. Chris replaced Josh Baron of Suffocation in July 1991. Chris was world renown in the death metal world because of his technical bass playing and lightning fast fingers. He also played in two other Long Island death metal Bands, Apparition (Sorrow) who also signed to Roadrunner Records Aug 1990-July 1991 and Pyrexia which Chris formed with band mates Guy Marchais (current Suffocation member) and Darrel Wagner in OCT 1989-July 1991. Chris left Suffocation in Aug 1998 to pursue other musical outlets and Suffocation folded shortly thereafter. Chris and Doug Cerrito (guitarist of Suffocation 1990-1998) paths came together in the winter of 1999 and they have been playing together ever since along with the likes of Doug Bohn drummer (Suffocation 1993-1995). Chris was asked by vocalist Frank Mullen (current Suffocation member) to rejoin Suffocation in the spring of 2002 and Chris declined.