Howie Pyro

Howie Pyro (D Generation, Ex-Danzig) Has Passed Away


Punk rock and metal musician Howie Pyro passed away yesterday, May 04th at the age of 61. Known for his co-founding role in D Generation, his DJ career and more, Pyro also performed as the bassist and backing vocalist for Danzig from 2000-2003, appearing 2001’s “Live On The Black Hand Side” 2002’s “I Luciferi“.

D Generation vocalist Jesse Malin announced the passing of Pyro overnight, issuing the below post on the matter:

“This is the hardest post I have ever had to write. Howie Pyro, my best friend and brother has passed away. He fought real hard right till the end. He changed my life and so many others in ways I can’t even begin to say. We made our world together. From Whitestone, Queens to Madison Square Garden and every crazy, dirty little place in between. I learned so much from him.

He made this planet a much better, cooler, weirder, and more beautiful place. For decades he impacted so many different kinds of people and so many different scenes all over with his style, his taste, his music, his knowledge, his Art, his fashion, his attitude, his humor, his records, his movies, his bravery, his swagger, his smile, his heart, and his compassion.

Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket, a shirt, donated, said a prayer, or sent a message to help him out. He really got to see the love in a huge way from all of you and it meant so much to him. His importance and impact will never, ever be forgotten. I will love you forever my Dear Doctor Howard.”

Malin confirmed to Rolling Stone that Pyro‘s passing came about as a result of a COVID-related pneumonia. That illness had developed while Pyro continued to recover from a liver transplant that took place last year.

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