Some sad news has hit the metal world: Peter Steele, front-man of goth metallers Type O Negative, has reportedly died of heart failure. He was 48.
Word of Steele’s death broke late Wednesday night (April 14) via a series of tweets from friends and family. These were followed by statement to Blabbermouth from Type O Negative keyboardist Josh Silver, who confirmed Steele passed away on Wednesday. And while it is believe he died of heart failure, no official word on the cause of death has been released.
Type O Negative’s label, SPV, has released the following statement:
It's with great sadness that we give our condolences to the family and friends of Peter Steele. He died on April 14th, 2010.
With his bands CARNIVORE and TYPE O NEGATIVE he achieved cult status and was loved by fans around the world. The last releases he did with TYPE O NEGATIVE were the DVD Symphony For The Devil and the studio album Dead Again.
SPV/Steamhammer proudly released both products worldwide, which will now — very unfortunately — be the end of his recording legacy.
And VERY unfortunate it is indeed. I cannot express the melancholy I feel at this moment. I know it sounds a little silly but it's the truth. Type O Negative have been very vital to my evolution from child to adult and like everyone else in the world who clings to their idols I definitely clung to Mr. Steele and company. I could always rely on their drudgy graveyard tones and the droning vocal drags to brighten my day or at least help me cope with the stresses of the world.
I will certainly miss you Peter Steele. Thank you for 19 wonderful years.
And like the song suggests...and I feel it to be very true: