Trans-Siberian Orchestra have revealed that they will be continuing on following the death of their founder Paul O’Neill. The group commented:
“While all of us, the members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra family, are heartbroken by the tragic loss of our friend and leader Paul O’Neill, we are determined to carry on the rock theater project to which he dedicated his life.
Paul always talked about how he saw TSO as both an idea and ideal that would continue long after he stepped off the ‘flight deck’ (his name for the stage). We hope to continue his work of providing a timeless, multi-generational tradition like those created by his idol Charles Dickens.
In that spirit, we are proud to announce that Trans-Siberian Orchestra will return with their 2017 Winter Tour featuring the cherished tale ‘The Ghosts of Christmas Eve’!
According to TMZ, Trans-Siberian Orchestra founder Paul O’Neill’s death has officially been ruled accidental intoxication from a mix of the following prescription drugs: methadone, codeine, diazepam, and doxylamine. The report also says he was dealing with mild heart disease, hypertension and moderate hardening of the arteries at his time of death as well. O’Neill passed away in April at the age of 61. R.I.P.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra founder Paul O’Neill has passed away at the age of 61. His death came as a result of “chronic illness”. R.I.P.
The band commented:
“The entire Trans-Siberian Orchestra family, past and present, is heartbroken to share the devastating news that Paul O’Neill has passed away from chronic illness.
He was our friend and our leader — a truly creative spirit and an altruistic soul. This is a profound and indescribable loss for us all.
We ask that you respect Paul’s family’s privacy now.
We will make additional announcements shortly.”