The Late Sean Reinert’s (Ex-Death/Cynic) Organ Donor Request Was Denied Due To His Sexual Orientation

As previously reported, Sean Reinert (ex-Death/Cynic) sadly passed away last month at the age of 48. The drummer was an organ donor, but his widower Tom Snyder has since revealed that his request was denied due to his sexual orientation.

Snyder issued the following statement:

“My husband Sean was an organ donor. He believed that when he passed on if his organs could go to someone in need that it would be a great thing. He was incredibly kind and giving in every way imaginable as many of his closest friends are well aware.

After I got home from the hospital the night Sean passed I received a phone call about 1 in the morning. It was from a person who works with the organ donor program at the hospital where Sean passed. They notified me that Sean was identified as an organ donor in their database and wanted to ask me some questions about him to proceed. I could not deal with the stress of this at the time and asked if I could wait to talk to them the next morning and they said although time was of the essence that would be fine as there’s a 24 hour window to harvest organs.

The next morning when Seans sister Patti arrived from Miami I explained the situation to her and we agreed that if Sean wanted his organs donated that we would honor his wishes. I called the organ donation people back and said I was ready to proceed. The lady on the phone said that was great and began the questionnaire. After the first few standard questions she asked if Sean was a sexually active homosexual male. Without thinking I said “yes” and almost without missing a beat she said “well, unfortunately that means….” and I went numb because I knew what she was about to say. She said a few more words and then I interrupted her, said some words back and hung up the phone.

Sean did not have HIV, or any other STD’s for that matter. But because he was a gay man living in America in 2020 he was not allowed one of his final wishes of donating his organs to help save another persons life. The government would rather let people waiting for a transplant die than give them one of Seans organs. As his husband it makes me sick to my stomach and incredibly angry.

-Tom

EDIT: Quick comment for those of you looking up organ donation websites and thinking something went wrong here. The specific guidelines are for men who have had male to male sexual contact in the last 12 months. It’s regulated by the FDA and those guidelines are still in place. So while websites may say it’s a ‘myth’ that LGBTQ+ people can’t donate, that is not true of sexually active men. – Tom

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Cynic’s Paul Masvidal Pays Tribute To Sean Reinert: “His Gifts Were Beyond Measure”

Cynic’s Paul Masvidal has paid tribute to his former bandmate Sean Reinert, who sadly passed away on Friday (January 24) at the age of 48. He said the following:

“I am shocked and saddened by the loss of one of my oldest friends. We were karmic brothers, connected by something beyond both of us. So many memories have been flooding my heart and mind. From the moment I first met Sean in junior high school, I knew we had a connection. His gifts were beyond measure, and I’m grateful that we were able to make music together. In the end, all that remains is love, and that’s what I have for Sean. There will never be another one like him. Peace to his family and all of his fans around the world. Listen to Sean play his drums and hear his heart sing.”

Drummer Sean Reinert (Ex-Death/Cynic) Passes Away

Sean Reinert has sadly passed away at the age of 48. The drummer was found unresponsive at his California home on January 24. A cause of death has yet to be revealed.

Reinert‘s husband Thomas Snyder issued the following statement:

“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)”

His ex-Cynic bandmate Sean Malon also commented:

“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.”

Cynic To Release “Traced In Air Remixed” In September

Cynic have announced that they will be re-releasing their 2008 album “Traced In Air” on September 27. This version of the effort, which is titled “Traced In Air Remixed,“ will feature new parts by bassist Sean Malone, a new mix by Adam “Nolly” Getgood (Periphery), and mastering by Ermin Hamidovic. Frontman Paul Masvidal commented:

“‘Traced In Air‘ has been brought up to date for 2019 – a remix where something less means a little more. Cynic has always been about forging paths rather than building walls.”

Track Listing:

01. “Nunc Fluens”
02. “The Space For This”
03. “Evolutionary Sleeper”
04. “Integral Birth”
05. “The Unknown Guest”
06. “Adam’s Murmur”
07. “King Of Those Who Know”
08. “Nunc Stans”

Paul Masvidal Offers Update On New Cynic Album

During a recent appearance on the The MetalSucks Podcast, Paul Masvidal offered an update on the new Cynic album. He said “before the end of the year or early next year, [the band] will have a record delivered.”

Masvidal had the following to say about Cynic’s current state:

“…Cynic has been an ongoing thing in the background. I know we haven’t had a lot of online presence, it’s been pretty low key and quiet. There’s a lot of reasons for that, which at some point maybe I will publicly explain, but at this point, [bassist Sean] Malone and I are communicating regularly and swapping files.

We have the workings of a new record that are there, and we’re working with [drummer] Matt Lynch out of Atlanta, and at some point in the next I don’t even know when, before the end of the year or early next year, we will have a record delivered and kind of be on that train promoting the new Cynic work. Again, Cynic has never been a band to rush things and can somewhat argue to a fault but we’ve never been interested in producing things in that way.”

“It’s more about just being organic about our process and letting things naturally develop, and coming back to it in an authentic and genuine way versus in an obligatory way. Too many of my friends from early have found themselves in a situation where they could have a career as working musicians and ended up in a cycle of work versus inspired work.

I’ve always been afraid of that, not wanting to get into that place where I’m feeling like I have to be in a cycle versus producing real art that holds up and will stand up over time. ‘I truly have something to say’ versus just pumping things out.

It’s easy for me at least to write songs because it’s something I do every day, or nearly every day, but writing and composing isn’t the hard part, it’s really finding the entire thing and ‘what are you trying to say? What is this? What does it mean?’ and not getting too carried away with all that, because that can slow you down as well.

It’s really a fine line between trying to produce art that has some meaning and substance and holds up. Those are kind of the governing principles of this Cynic project. It’s ruled by that versus the machine of business.”

On another note, Masvidal released the first EP in his solo trilogy last month.

Cynic To Release Limited Edition Vinyl Pressing Of “Humanoid”

Cynic‘s latest single “Humanoid” is set to be released as a limited edition 10″ on December 7. The effort will also include a remixed/remastered version of “Veil Of Maya” on the b-side. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Cynic’s Paul Masvidal Working On An Acoustic Album

Aside from new Cynic, it looks like Paul Masvisdal is also working on a new acoustic album. He confirmed the news in the below Instagram post, saying the effort, which is going to be released this fall, is “a barebones, raw, intimate, collection of songs, direct from the heart.”

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Salut fellow beings! I’m holding an Orgonite Pyramid I made recently. It consists of gemstones, metals, and sacred geometry, encased in resin. “Orgone” can help protect us from WiFi and electro-magnetic frequencies in our energy field, along with many other benefits I’ve discovered. More info on this work later ✨In other news, I’m currently sleepless, and blissfully immersed in recording an acoustic record! It’s a barebones, raw, intimate, collection of songs, direct from the heart, and will be released sometime this fall, along with a few other surprises. Cynic is in progress as well. How is your Sunday? 👁👽🖤🖖🏽🌹🧘🏽‍♂️ #orgone #masvidalienorgone #orgonitepyramid #orgonitehealing #orgoneenergy

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