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Type O Negative Frontman Peter Steele Dead At 48 (Updated)

Rumors began swirling earlier tonight that Type O Negative frontman Peter Steele (born Petrus T. Ratajczyk) passed away earlier today, April 14th, 2010, reportedly of heart failure at the age of 48. Those rumors have now been confirmed.

Fuse VJ Juliya ‘Mistress Juliya’ Chernetsky originally confirmed the news via Steele‘s Type O Negative band mate, Kenny Hickey, which she revealed the via her Twitter account.

Radio personality Full Metal Jackie has also confirmed the news via her Twitter account as well.

In turn, tributes from friends, family and fans have begun to emerge online, including the following from Biohazard, etc. frontman Evan Seinfeld:

“R.I.P my friend, brother, and mentor, Peter Steele, Type-O-Negative, Carnivore….my single biggest musical influence… who named Biohazard
I fucking miss you so much already,… I love you Brother, I hope you are in a better place.”


  • rasputinmetalguy

    I just started listening to Type O Negative a few weeks ago, and now this? How horrible…

  • James Deceit

    Please say it ain’t so please be a joke.

  • Statler

    Good. This news puts me even closer to having the biggest cock in the world.

  • Fender

    I’m sure Roadrunner is pumped about the impending sales boost.

  • buttcrackguy

    Sad news. RIP.

  • Aries Veil

    This is a true tragedy. RIP Peter

  • EL ROV

    Thanks google images. I just saw Nathan explosion holding his cock.

  • ExOblivione

    RIP Peter. Yet another loss to the metal world. Hook up w/ Dimebag and rock the place out.

  • 024

    meh. never been a big type o fan, but it’s still a shame. regardless of how much i disagreed with the guy, 48 is to damn young to die of heart failure… or anything really.

  • MurderCapital

    Rest in peace Peter Steele… ‘Everything Dies’

  • deffur

    Very unfortunate to see him go. He made some great music while he was here. Guess that coke problem caught up to him. He wanted to make a video of him snorting a line into his grave. Ironic.

  • Dime

    This is the worst news ive heard since the death of dimebag… RIP Pete. Type O Forever.

  • robichaud1

    This sucks… 48. I don’t know much about Type O, just from soundtracks here and there – can someone recommend me an album to check out by them? I’ve always heard good things.

  • Mr. Censored


    I’ve loved Type O Negative since I was 13. Peter had such a unique voice and a brilliantly dark sense of humor. Things will never be the same without hom around.

    @ robichaud1 – Go for Bloody Kisses or October Rust. Their masterworks right there.

  • stuckpig

    Such a damn shame…48 is still way too young to leave this …shit soiled planet earth that we all reside in. Hopefully he is in a better place. Wherever exactly that is…


    There will never be another Peter Steele…ever.

    As someone that knew Peter personally, I can safely say he’s in a better place.

  • rasputinmetalguy
  • Keven

    by far the most depressed I’ve been since Dime was taken from us. wow….

    jesus – this sucks so hard. Type-O’s last album was fcuking genius too – they were doing some of the best music ever late in their career. Now I have to go listen to September Sun – this is horrible news.

  • Waldorf

    Peter Steele and Vinnie Chas of Pretty Boy Floyd on the same day. Since these deaths come in 3′s, anyone who was in Lizzy Borden is afraid to go outside today.

  • allhopeisgone66

    “Trust and you will be trusted said the liar to the fool.” Rest in peace Peter Steele

  • Anadivine-sadistic

    heart failure= drugs. Its too bad :( We all be joined again someday tho..

  • Aries Veil

    It was pretty common knowledge that Pete liked his Cocaine. Not exactly the greatest drug to be doing when you’re 48. I also read from a pretty reliable source that he was sick for weeks leading up to this.

  • will

    i heard he had rocks in his socks.

  • lovethehaters25

    who cares