Sean Reinert

Drummer Sean Reinert (Ex-Death/Cynic) Dead At 48 (Updated)


Update: January 26th, 2020 02:11 AM:

Sean Reinert‘s husband Thomas Snyder and his ex-Cynic bandmate Sean Malone have both issued statements on his passing. Snyder commented:

“I’m broken. As many of you now know, my husband Sean passed away last night. Some of you in the inner circle I was able to reach via phone last night and this morning to try to let you know what happened before it spread across social media. For those I couldn’t reach to tell you myself I’m sorry.

I’m still trying to put together the events of the last 24 hours. After coming home from work last night I found Sean unresponsive on the floor, I administered CPR with the assistance of the 911 operator and he was taken to a local hospital via ambulance. There is no cause of death and an autopsy will be performed.

Sean and I just completed our yearly physicals about 3 weeks ago and we were both in good health. Sean did not have any sort of drug abuse issues and I’m still in a state of disbelief. I can’t begin to comprehend how my life and the lives of Seans close friends and family have just been shattered.

That’s about all I’d like to share at this point. It feels strange to even have to make this post over such a private matter but I understand Sean was a public figure and beloved by many around the world. For myself, Seans family and close friends I ask that you please give us time to grieve. The fans he adored so much lost an influence and phenomenal drummer. Some of us lost our Husband, Son, Brother, Uncle and Best Friend.

Thank You,

Tom & Patti (Seans husband and Seans sister)”

Malone stated:

“I was luckier than most. Complete musical trust — especially between a bassist and a drummer — is a rare and precious thing. Rare, because it’s not something you find by looking for it. Precious, because some may go an entire lifetime without ever having experienced it. But I was luckier than most. Sean offered his trust during every rehearsal, every recording, and every performance we ever did, and it’s likely that I’ll never experience the same again. The truth is that we’re all lucky — lucky to have been alive while Sean Reinert was making music.”

Police have told TMZ that no foul play is suspected in Reinert‘s passing.

Original Story:

Reports have emerged that drummer Sean Reinert of Cynic/ex-Death, etc. fame has passed away at the age of 48. Initial word suggests that he was found unresponsive in his California home last night, January 24th. Reinert had an influential career and is known most for his work with Cynic. Health problems would go on to temporarily derail Reinert‘s abilities in 2014. A messy public split with Cynic would follow in 2015 with the matter later being resolved via a legal settlement in 2017.

Following that Reinert would go on to play in Perfect Beings, whose most latest release “Vier” arrived in January 2018. Outside of his musical works, both Reinert and Cynic‘s Paul Masvidal publicly came out of the closet back in 2014, shedding a light on the struggles and intolerance they faced coming up in the 90s death metal scene and more due to their sexual orientation.

Though their relationship had in many ways become strained both personally and professionally, Masvidal appears to have reacted to the news on social media, sharing a blank black image:

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