Type O Negative Singer Dies (Update)

2010-04-15 by Dr Dave De Sylvia STAFF | 82 Comments
Unconfirmed reports suggest that Peter Steele, frontman of gothic metal group Type O Negative, has died of heart failure aged 48.

The news was broken by Fuse TV DJ Juliya Chernetsky, who wrote on Twitter: "Today is a very sad day in metal. End of an era. Peter Steele passed today. I loved my friend...our idol...my heart is with his band and family...

"He passed of heart failure today. Just spoke to Kenny [Hickey, Type O Negative guitarist]."


Steele was previously rumoured to have died in 2005, when an image of a tombstone bearing the singer's name was posted to the group's website. The announcement turned out to be a hoax, but rumours persisted that all was not right with the New York-born singer. He had recently been thought to have overcome his long-standing cocaine and alcohol dependencies.

Steele, born Petrus T. Ratajczyk in 1962, released seven studio albums with Type O Negative between 1991 and 2007.

http://twitter.com/MistressJuliya

Update: the band's official homepage now hints at an official statement by the band and family in regards to Steele's death.

http://www.typeonegative.net/index.php

According to blabbermouth.net, keyboardist Josh Silver has confirmed that Peter Steele indeed passed away on April 14th 2010.

http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=138519

Tagged: Type O Negative

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Willie
Moderator
April 15th 2010
16194 Comments


That sucks if it's true because apparently he had finally kicked the drug habit.

FreePizzaDay
April 15th 2010
1526 Comments


RIP. I'll be listening to Type O all week. It's a sad day for the metal community.

steveosk8s
April 15th 2010
135 Comments


GOD DAMMIT.

thecheatisnotdead
April 15th 2010
715 Comments


Wow. This sucks. Here's hoping it's all baloney. But if not, though, R.I.P.

Athom
Emeritus
April 15th 2010
17240 Comments


hated the band, but this still sucks. and right when he got all cleaned up to boot. RIP

intothepit83
April 15th 2010
2316 Comments


Be careful reporting this. I bet ya it's another one of his jokes

FreePizzaDay
April 15th 2010
1526 Comments


This seems much more authentic than the last case. It's still a possibility, but to be honest, the fact that this news was confirmed by many close family and friends and not the website leads me to be more inclined to believe it.

Tyler
Emeritus
April 15th 2010
7926 Comments


Kudos for not mentioning the whole playgirl fiasco.

This sucks if its true.

chaos17
April 15th 2010
296 Comments


If true, this is horrible news.

Type O Negative are one of my favorite bands ever, and the passing of any of their members would be tragic...

R.I.P Peter....hopefully this isn't true..

Digging: Modest Mouse - Strangers to Ourselves

TheSpirit
April 15th 2010
18043 Comments


Fuck : (

Ire
April 15th 2010
41849 Comments


That's sad. RIP

GoldenGod
April 15th 2010
46 Comments


Such A Shame....R.I.P Pete...

Manic_
April 15th 2010
447 Comments


damn RIP

kmagnum1x
April 15th 2010
260 Comments


NO NO NO NO NO NO FUCK NO

DEAD AGAIN WAS SO GOOD FUCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK

Edwin
April 15th 2010
1399 Comments


God damn, it's awful when a musician dies.
Underrated band. RIP.

Bassplayer101
April 15th 2010
34 Comments


Son of a bitch.

FreePizzaDay
April 15th 2010
1526 Comments


Here's a website that says they've confirmed it:

http://knac.com/article.asp?ArticleID=7497

I'm uber-bummed. Pete was getting his life on track and everything. It's a shame.

cvlts
April 15th 2010
9064 Comments


oh shit...

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CrazyFool84
April 15th 2010
1081 Comments


that's a damn shame, rest in peace

TheyTookOurJobs
April 15th 2010
1318 Comments


rip

Dolving999
April 15th 2010
1688 Comments


"Steele was previously rumoured to have died in 2005, when an image of a tombstone was posted to the group's website bearing his name."

Ironically, their last album was called "Dead Again"...

RIP

jimmyisjonny
April 15th 2010
207 Comments


Poor guy had a rough life. I remember interviews where he acknowledged he could come across as an ingrate because of his depression, but that he just couldn't make it go away.

Damrod
Moderator
April 15th 2010
1093 Comments


From all I can gather round the net, it's not yet 100% official. There's no statement from the band, management or label. Maybe there's still some hope it's a hoax...

IRAI
April 15th 2010
1567 Comments


This absolutely sucks.

Type O- was/is so influential to me.

RIP.

KILL
April 15th 2010
73022 Comments


wtf nooooooooo

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Jim
April 15th 2010
5110 Comments


fucking shit D:

rip

SHINFO
April 15th 2010
74 Comments


It is a sad day. Peter will be missed but never forgotten. RIP Peter Steele

Eskate87
April 15th 2010
959 Comments


damn. RIP. where should i start with TON?

Powerban
April 15th 2010
2380 Comments


October Rust or Bloody Kisses. But it seems you could just look at the ratings of those albums on sputnik to get that information.

RIP if this is true.

Demonstealer
April 15th 2010
17 Comments


A big loss! R.I.P


Nocturna
April 15th 2010
36 Comments


damn that sucks, used to love this guys some years ago =( RIP

Phantom
April 15th 2010
8930 Comments


Oh man, Steele is/was an awesome frontman. RIP if it's true.

Buccaneer
April 15th 2010
692 Comments


This hit me like a fucking brick. Seriously. And i was just listening to Love You to Death yesterday.

RIP, even though i hope it is a hoax

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
April 15th 2010
8470 Comments


agreed with Phantom, he was one of the best frontmen I know. Damn shame, RIP

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Greggers
April 15th 2010
2375 Comments


Never been a fan, RIP nonetheless

KILL
April 15th 2010
73022 Comments


rocking out to carnivore in his honour!

nychicano
April 15th 2010
312 Comments


I listened to this band every once in a while.

R.I.P. if this is indeed true.

supertouchox2
April 15th 2010
1062 Comments


Just been confirmed as true, by the keyboard player.

Wasn't a fan, but R.I.P

funkymango
April 15th 2010
60 Comments


TON is a great band and this is shocking news. R.I.P Peter.

scissorlocked
April 15th 2010
3514 Comments


Rip Peter.....

halloway
April 15th 2010
684 Comments


what a joker. RIP.

ThePalestMexican
April 15th 2010
2816 Comments


Such a shame, I still occasionally listen to October Rust =/

LepreCon
April 15th 2010
4277 Comments


NOO!

RIP :'(

asaf
April 15th 2010
890 Comments


"He passed of heart failure today. Just spoke to Kenny [Hickey, Type O Negative bassist."

Pete Steele was the bassist...



ReturnToRock
April 15th 2010
3448 Comments


This wasn't funny the first time around, either.

Thor
April 15th 2010
10206 Comments


"He passed of heart failure today. Just spoke to Kenny [Hickey, Type O Negative bassist."

Pete Steele was the bassist...

just got replaced

i always thought vampires couldn't die

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asaf
April 15th 2010
890 Comments


i guess replaced this afternoon?

BigHans
April 15th 2010
26515 Comments


FUCK. October Rust is one of my favorite albums. Ever. RIP.

Steerpike
April 15th 2010
1861 Comments


Well this brings down my day. Peter was one of the reasons I actually thought that my bass/baritone voice could actually work in a metal band. Off to listen to October Rust.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
April 15th 2010
28964 Comments


R.I.P. this was one of the first metal bands i listened to

KILL
April 15th 2010
73022 Comments


gettin lamer guys

combustion07
April 15th 2010
5420 Comments


RIP

EyesWideShut
April 15th 2010
3259 Comments


WHAT !!! damn it.. major R.I.P.s for the dude Pete Steele if true. Type O still rules and goes too well with some Danzig..

ohboyopeth
April 15th 2010
1 Comments


Really a shame
RIP

itachi1452
April 15th 2010
366 Comments



RIP. Loved his music.

ccenturion
April 15th 2010
9 Comments


well this sucks big time...ugh.. RIP Peter

Jebull
April 15th 2010
1340 Comments


Oh man, That sucks.. =( RIP

Wizard
April 15th 2010
19791 Comments


Loved his vocals. RIP if it's true.

Epilogue
April 15th 2010
1622 Comments


He will be missed.

XulOnerom
April 15th 2010
1818 Comments


Goddammit, a truly underrated bassist (just listen to any TON record) and frontman of one of my favorite bands of all time. I really hope this is a hoax like last time.

Shit, and just yesterday I was wondering "isn't it time for a new TON record??"

RobotFrank
April 15th 2010
344 Comments


Terrible news. Really great, unique band that never seemed to get recognition for being such. I'd imagine this band had a large, non-typical metal audience, as that's what I consider myself and I dug their style.

RIP Peter Steele

ohnoestehmusik
April 15th 2010
380 Comments


Why do all my useless, yet situationally pertinent, comments get deleted!?!?

hybridstigmata
April 15th 2010
170 Comments


horrible.....rip

cjgone
April 15th 2010
773 Comments


R.I.P

CushMG15
April 16th 2010
1804 Comments


It's a bummer when people die, but especially after kicking drugs. I know a fair amount of people that died of heart failure shortly after getting clean. I don't know what the science is behind it, or if there is any...but regardless, terrible stuff. RIP.

PanasonicYouth
April 16th 2010
7412 Comments


shit dude
never listened to type 0 but if he's JUST kicked drugs
man, that's harsh
rip

MoosechriS
April 16th 2010
5099 Comments


R.I.P Dude

wexenhex
April 16th 2010
192 Comments


fucking terrible.

and i just started getting into them!

machineflesh
April 16th 2010
37 Comments


Shame.

I remember buying Bloody Kisses when it came out and being blown away by the sound of these guys. Def had an influence on me in my formative metal years.

ManRunsOverBus
April 16th 2010
45 Comments


R.I.P Pete

sleepdirt
April 16th 2010
369 Comments


As Peter once said, "Everything Dies".

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asaf
April 16th 2010
890 Comments


did anybody even see the dvd that came with dead again? the guy looked terrible in that live footage from '07. he was missing one of his front teeth for crying out loud. he was screaming for help. RIP indeed.

October rust = timeless gem.

At JFK
Who played the fool
Self-pity sick
Do you still love me?

still i miss her....

ManicDemise
April 16th 2010
441 Comments


I was never really a fan of these guys but they were very good and quite underrated.
Sad. Very sad.
R.I.P. Peter.

BigHans
April 16th 2010
26515 Comments


At JFK
Who played the fool
Self-pity sick
Do you still love me?

still i miss her....

^ SINCE SHES GONE. Fucking epic track.

Regulator
April 16th 2010
612 Comments


never was a fan of the band, but too bad to hear this really. i know a lot of people really loved this band

devouredbymetal
April 16th 2010
516 Comments


RIP

TheHamburgerman
April 16th 2010
1322 Comments


I heard it today from a friend. It's ironic that Peter Steele, the man behind the irony of death, would kick the bucket himself. RIP.

fr33convict
April 16th 2010
11707 Comments


As soon as I start wondering where their new album was, thr frontman dies. I am no longer looking forward to the new Alter Bridge or Iron Maiden albums. But mabey the Godmsack one even more

sleepdirt
April 17th 2010
369 Comments


I figured he would live for 10,000 years.

Salmonella
April 17th 2010
7 Comments


R.I.P.

ozzmonkey
April 18th 2010
33 Comments


R.I.P., Peter was one of my heroes and I feel like the luckiest guy in the world, I got to see Type O Negative and I was in the front row. It was one of the best shows I've ever seen. Peter was dressed like a priest, he ran his own sound onstage and he played bass with a Jager bottle in his hand. Someone in the audience right next to me yelled to Peter, "I wanna have your baby!" Peter looks in our direction and says, "You wanna have my baby? Pfff I'm probably your father..." Rest in peace St. Peter! I will pop in After Dark once I get home from work.

SylentEcho
April 18th 2010
1577 Comments


aw man. Really sad to read about this. R.I.P Pete.



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