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Cannibal Corpse Issue Statement Regarding The Arrest Of Their Guitarist Pat O’Brien


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Cannibal Corpse have issued their first public statement regarding the recent arrest of their guitarist Pat O’Brien. O’Brien currently faces charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and burglary of an occupied dwelling with assault as a result of a bizarre series of events that unfolded on December 10th.

On that night O’Brien broke into a neighbors home having spoken of “the rapture” and more, reportedly also commenting that “aliens have landed” in calls made to relatives prior.

Upon being told to leave the premises by one of the residents, he knocked them down and was later tased by police after lunging at an officer with a knife. During the same time, his Northdale, FL house went up in flames with over 80 firearms and more inside of it.

Speaking via their social media, Cannibal Corpse commented:

“As a band and as individuals, we all want nothing but the best for our brother and partner, Pat. While we can offer no further information about the incident, we wanted everyone to know that Pat is getting the help he needs and appreciates the love and support from Cannibal Corpse fans around the world.

Pat is currently with family and friends and looks forward to a healthy return at some point. For anyone wondering, all Cannibal Corpse touring will happen as planned and all shows will be played.”

O’Brien posted a $50,000 surety bond on the night of Friday December 14th to secure his release from jail. Deana Mazurkiewicz—wife of O’Brien‘s Cannibal Corpse bandmate Paul Mazurkiewiczlaunched a crowdfunding campaign to get him back on his feet in the time since his arrest, pleading that “people not jump to conclusions until the full details of what occurred come out.” In a post made to share the link for the aforementioned crowdfunding campaign, Gary Holt of Slayer/Exodus fame stated:

“He needs help, is gonna need help for a while, not talking about legal help, although he will need that too. But he’s gonna have a long road to travel. This is for his rehabilitation. People think Cannibal Corpse are millionaires and shit, they play death metal. One can make a living at it but they ain’t rich and he lost EVERYTHING. Help a metal brother out”

The band themselves have yet to publicly comment on the matter.

Cannibal Corpse are scheduled to open for Slayer on this North American tour that starts in May.

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