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Peter Steele, Type O Negative Singer, Has Died


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Did a search but couldn't find anything about the passing of Peter Steele

Please forgive me if I'm double posting :(

Sweet dreams Peter

He left a mark on music and will continue to influence many


Peter Steele's Type O Negative Bandmates, Family React To Death

Bandmates say Steele 'had been enjoying a long period of sobriety and improved health' before his death.

By Gil Kaufman

After years of struggling with substance abuse and health issues, Type O Negative singer/bassist Peter Steele was in a good place before his sudden death, his bandmates said. The towering frontman died at age 48 on Wednesday from apparent heart failure.

"It is with great sadness that we inform you that Type O Negative frontman, bassist and our bandmate, Peter Steele passed away last night of what appears to be heart failure," keyboardist Josh Silver, guitarist Kenny Hickey and drummer Johnny Kelly, the grief-stricken rockers said in a statement on their Web site. "Ironically Peter had been enjoying a long period of sobriety and improved health and was imminently due to begin writing and recording new music for our follow up to Dead Again released in 2007."

The group said an official cause of death has not been determined, pending autopsy results, and that funeral services will be private, with a possible public memorial at some point.

"We are truly saddened to lose our friend and appreciate the tremendous outpouring today from around the world," the trio wrote.

Each man then wrote his own personal remembrance of the quixotic metal frontman. Silver, in particular, seemed torn by the loss of his close friend and frequent musical foil.

"Peter, My endless source of frustration, (as I'm yours) you have really done it this time," Silver wrote. "You have changed and touched countless lives through music, comedy and often brutal honesty. You've made life both interesting and irritating and I could not imagine not having known you for 37 years. It still isn't true in my mind but in time I will miss you and the creating that we all endured together. We certainly disagreed constantly and I believe (and hope) we all learned from each other. Should I call you my brother, friend or neighbor? I can only call you Peter (and usually after 2 p.m.). We laughed at ourselves more times then I can count. Knowing humans are preposterous creatures and I know we reveled in that fact. I will miss you in time, but at this moment your premature departure seems surreal and has pissed me off to no end. Though I never told you that I harbor a deep respect for you, I do. Goodbye my friend."

Hickey called Steele one of the most brilliant and funny personalities in music, saying his humor and talent were 100 percent real. "Half the time people thought he was joking, but he was actually telling the truth," he wrote. "Part of me died with him."

Kelly found it hard to put his grief into words, admitting, "I'm not sure if I should eulogize or roast you. Both good and bad, we went on one hell of a ride together and sadly, the ride has come to an end. You truly were a unique person. Your music touched many people. Myself included. Whether it was talking about the Beatles, power tools, how Pluto was no longer considered a planet or calling me at 3 a.m. asking me to drive to your house to have a fistfight with you, you always kept it interesting. It was a privilege to have been your bandmate. It's something that I will always cherish."

Steele's family also released a statement, confirming that the singer died after a short illness, though no details were given on what the health issue was. "The music world has lost a great talent, and music fans worldwide are mourning, but for our family we are mourning a beloved brother, uncle, cousin, friend and funny man," the statement said. "Peter Steele was a complex man, known for his brooding looks, his self-deprecating sense of humor, unique view of the world, and most of all his loyalty to his fans, friends and family. Survived by five sisters, the eldest living sister notes that he was more than our brother, he was our son. His untimely death is tragic — a great loss to us and to music."

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It is very sad and I don't think it has hit many of the fans yet and the impact that band had on that type of music was intense. So many bands nowadays were touched by Type O Negative


There are some nice words from the band members on their website

and they even did a spin on "Hey Joe"


Hey Peter ;)

maybe Robert Plant could update his version lol

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I was very shocked and saddened to hear this.

TypeONegative isn't one of my very top bands, but I liked them nonetheless.

Yes, it's where I got my screen name from.

I always created screen names that were music-related, based on what I happened to like at the time.

I've used the screen name TypeO on numerous forums and chats ever since October Rust came out, which I thought was a fantastic album, and it just worked well as a forum name, and I've stuck with it ever since.

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October Rust was an amazing cd and so was Bloody Kisses...they really did push that sound farther and so many new bands are continuing that vibe. I think there is a tribute being planned in memory of Peter

The band had everything just right...from the name to the image and sound.

and I'll never forget the Playgirl moment :wub:

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