Grim Reaper’s Steve Grimmett has sadly passed away. The singer was 62 years old.
Steve’s brother Mark Grimmett said the following:
“I don’t really know where to start so I guess I will just come right out with it. It is with great sadness and a very heavy heart that I have to tell you all as many of you know him my very talented brother Steve Grimmett very sadly passed away today, my heart goes out to Millie his wife my Mum and Dad, Russell , Sami and Ethan . I will miss you more than words will ever say , love you bro xx”
His wife Millie Grimmett also commented:
“This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to write but it’s with a heavy & shattered heart to say that my beloved Steve died suddenly & unexpectedly on Monday 15th August.
Wait for me my love. Until we are together again. Your Millie xxx
(The family appreciate all the messages we’ve had so far but ask that you allow us to morn).”
His son Russ Grimmett added:
“We can’t begin to put into words the current feelings. But as dad was so well known the news is starting to reach out earlier than we would have liked. Unfortunately, our dad passed away today and leaves a massive hole in the world and our hearts. We are utterly heartbroken. Sleep tight dad. We we always love you xxx”
Producer Max Norman issued a statement as well:
“Very distressed to hear that old friend and singer for Grim Reaper, Steve Grimmett has left us… A terrific vocalist, and all around perfect gentleman – you will be missed my friend. Condolences to Mark and Millie and friends and family – a very very sad loss…”
Grim Reaper founding guitarist Nick Bowcott also paid tribute to Steve:
“STEVE GRIMMETT (Aug 19th, 1959 – Aug 15th, 2022): REST IN PEACE, MATE. REST IN PEACE…
This heartbreaking news has rendered me speechless ever since it was broken to me. And, to be frank, it has literally broken me, so I’m just gonna let the words flow from my heart and see what happens…
Only the good die young – or so it is said. At the age of 62, Steve was young – too darned young. And, he wasn’t just good – he was GREAT – freaking great: not only as a singer, but as a human being. IMHO, the only thing bigger than his amazing voice was his heart.
As a metal fledgling, I first became (very!) aware of Steve in a local “rival” band – he was in Medusa and I was in the band I co-founded, Grim Reaper. The reason I put “” around the word rival is simply because we actually weren’t rivals at all! Grim Reaper always cheered on Medusa and vice-versa.
Through good fortune (actually, I feel “destiny” is a better word), a few years later, Steve joined Grim Reaper and due to his voice, Reaper’s music morphed from something that was very much Thin Lizzy & Van Halen inspired, to pure melodic metal a la Maiden and, of course, the mighty Priest. Then we co-wrote “See You In Hell” and everything slowly but surely changed…forever.
I’ve always said that my 5 favorite metal singers are: Rob Halford, Ronnie James Dio, John Bush, David Wayne and – of course, Steve. Yep, IMHO he was, is and always will be that freaking good. Still can’t believe he’s gone – and my heart, thoughts and prayers are with his dear wife, Millie, his family, loved ones and friends….damn.
Heaven came down today and took back an angel with a mighty roar. What a man, what a voice, what an honor, what a pleasure. Thanks for everything Steve, mate – you will be forever missed and your memory, music and incredible voice will always live on. Until we meet again – Rest In Peace, my dear, dear friend and comrade in metal arms.”