“Metalocalypse” Director Jon Schnepp Passes Away

“Metalocalypse”, etc. director Jon Schnepp has sadly passed away at the age of 51. This news comes after he was previously placed on life support after suffering a “catastrophic stroke” on July 12. You can help out his family with medical costs by donating via GoFundMe.

Schnepp’s fiancé Holly Payne said the following:

“It is with a broken heart that the Schnepp family and I must announce the passing of our beloved Jon Schnepp, who died peacefully on July 19, 2018.

Jon ultimately succumbed to the effects of a massive stroke. He had a blood clot removed from his left carotid artery, but the bleeding could not be stopped. Irreparable and catastrophic damage was caused to both hemispheres and all brain activity ceased. His sister Deborah and I had to make the difficult decision to take him off of life support. There was no possible way for him to recover. Please understand.

I spent the last hour of his life with him holding him, laying my head across his massive chest, kissing him, stroking his hair, playing his favorite songs, and telling him over and over again how much I love him.

My life has been forever changed by Jon. I feel endlessly grateful to have shared 16 years of laughter, love and incredible adventures together, including the making a feature film, as well as a television series that I hope to complete and release later this year in his honor.

Jon’s mother Miriam, his father David, his sister Deborah and I are devastated beyond measure. We appreciate your love and support, and most importantly your understanding of our privacy at this time as we grieve.

Thank you, Holly Payne“

“Metalocalypse” co-creator Brendon Small also commented:

“Rest In Peace animation pioneer Jon Schnepp. A creative behemoth and larger than life personality. Unbelievable.”

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Former Malevolent Creation Singer Bret Hoffmann Dead At 51

Bret Hoffmann (ex-Malevolent Creation, Fire For Effect) has sadly passed away following a battle with stage 4 colon cancer. The singer was 51. Hoffmann’s wife Kimberly Karan Hoffmann said the following on Facebook:

“Today is the saddest day of my life. I just lost my soulmate, the love of my [life]. My best friend has passed away. I will always love [you], RIP, my love.”

Death Documentary “Death By Metal” To Be Released On DVD This Friday

“Death By Metal,” the documentary focusing on Chuck Schuldiner and Death, is officially set to receive a DVD release on Friday (July 6). Pre-orders can be found HERE. The film was directed by Felipe Belalcazar and it features exclusive interviews, rare footage, and demos. A trailer and description can be found below:

Description:

“Here comes DEATH’s probing and pulsing rock doc, DEATH BY METAL, pulling back the palm fronds of DEATH’s origins in Altamonte Springs, Florida, and latching a narrative hook into the headstrong Chuck Schuldiner juggernaut for fifteen gratifying if sometimes frustrating years. As the baby steps become giant leaps, the stable of supporting players grows and continually shines in its own devious light. Excitement grows as Schuldiner, his band, and the world around him evolve, and the music grows ever-more outrageous and bombastic. DEATH’s threat morphs from simple zombie attack to multi-headed mega-monster hellbent on absorbing entire planets. Then suddenly, Chuck is just gone, and the lights go out. The formula for movies about bands dictates that victory is seized from the jaws of mortality in the final act. This is where things get weird. Chuck Schuldiner perished during the moment of heavy metal’s weakest ebb, and possibly the quietest moment of his own career. The drawling guitar demon in the kitty cat shirt will not rise again to tour county fairs, swap one-liners on late-night TV, and jam with Judas Priest at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But this documentary itself joins reissues, partial reunion tours, and an international reawakening as part of a decade-long ascent for DEATH to its proper place of high dominion. As you read these words and watch this film, Chuck Schuldiner and DEATH return to glory, and the legend itself becomes an eternal encore.”

Jake Raymond (Ex-Vital Remains) Passes Away

Ex-Vital Remains vocalist Jake Raymond has sadly passed away. This news comes after former vocalists Scott Wily and Chris Ross both passed away last year. R.I.P.

Guitarist Tony Lazaro commented:

“I found out late yesterday some very sad news that a old friend and Vital Remains singer passed away. His name was Jake Raymond, and he was a good friend! Some of you might remember Jake was VR’s vocalist back in 2001 before we recorded Dechristianize album. He really love the band and always held us in high regard.

Even though i hadn’t spoken or seen Jake in a few years i always hope things were going good for him. I remember the last time i saw him he came out to one of our local shows in Providence and we had fun catching up and talking about the good old days! We laughed alot that night and i remember he started helping me sell merch and asked if i needed any help?

You were always trying to help bro and i wish i could have helped you bro. Thank you for that and everything else you did for me!! I will always remember the good times we had brother! This is really so sad. I’m sick of losing so many friends this year. This makes three Vital Remains singers that passed in the last year.

Three brothers i will not forget! Thank you Jake for your friendship and all your help when i needed it! Thank you for all your work with the band!! I wish i could have been there for you more brother,but we kind of took different paths. I hope you are at peace now. Rest easy brother and until we meet again. My Deepest condolences to his family and friends. RIP Jake“

Report: Vinnie Paul’s Death Was The Result Of A Major Heart Attack

According to The Las Vegas Review-Journal, people who knew Vinnie Paul (Pantera, HELLYEAH) are saying his death was the result of a “major heart attack.” However, an official cause of death has yet to be confirmed. TMZ are reporting that once the medical examiner does determine his cause of death, his body will be flown back to Texas. The 54-year-old drummer passed away in his sleep at his Las Vegas home on June 22. R.I.P.

In other news, HELLYEAH’s Tom Maxwell has since commented:

“Just so broken hearted and in shock. I’m struggling to write this but we want to thank you all for your kind words and support in this tragic time. We don’t have much info to give you other then Vinnie is now with Dime and they are together in a better place.

Sadness, shock, confusion, anger, despair. We feel it all together. Hug your loved ones and keep them close.

Thank you all again for all your love. Vinnie will be and is greatly loved and missed but his music will live forever. Crank it loud today and scream to the heavens so he can hear you.

—Maxwell 💔”

HELLYEAH’s label Eleven Seven Music Group also issued a statement:

“Vinnie Paul Abbott wasn’t just a drummer, he was an iconic fixture in the metal and hard rock community, a pioneer, and an absolute legend. He was a self taught drummer who went on to win many awards for his impeccable skills throughout his career.

A founding member of Pantera, DamagePlan and his current band HellYeah, Vinnie was a vital force for bands and millions of fans worldwide. Whether fans were turning their volume to 11 or headbanging their hearts out at live shows, Vinnie was an inspiration.

His most recent release, Hellyeah’s UNDEN!ABLE contained three hit singles, thanks to support from Sirius XM’s Octane. “All of us at Octane are so broken hearted to hear of the passing of our brother Vinnie Paul. We sent love to his family, band members and fans. You will be missed. Thinking of you reunited and rockin’ with Dime… Rest in Peace, Vinnie Paul Abbott”, Octane released in a statement.

Today, the world not only lost a legend, but also a genuine human being who lived to put a smile on the faces of everyone he met. May he be reunited with his brother as we all strive to continue his legacy.

Eleven Seven Music is heartbroken. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, bandmates, friends, and fans through this difficult time.”

Vinnie Paul’s longtime girlfriend Chelsea Yeager also posted the following:

Pantera’s Phil Anselmo, who has had a troubled relationship with Vinnie Paul over the years, also shared a picture of a lit candle:

Pantera’s Rex Brown has since tweeted as well:

Vinnie Paul Abbott (Pantera, HELLYEAH) Dead At 54

Legendary drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott (Pantera, HELLYEAH) has sadly passed away at the age of 54. No cause of death has been confirmed, but the following message was posted on Pantera’s Facebook page:

“Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away. Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands Pantera and Hellyeah. No further details are available at this time. The family requests you please respect their privacy during this time.”

Former Deicide & Obituary Guitarist Ralph Santolla Passes Away

After it was revealed that he would be taken off life support today (June 6), Ralph Santolla (Devil’s Highway, ex-Deicide/Obituary/Death, etc.) has sadly passed away. The 48-year-old was previously in a coma after suffering a heart attack on May 29. R.I.P.

Ralph Santolla’s son Dorian Angelo Santolla commented:

“My Dad has officially left this life. I am so overwhelmed with love and gratitude not only for him and everything he did for me but for everyone who reached out to show their love for him and my family. There are so many of you to respond to that I would be here until my next life writing thank you notes. So, thank you all. Until we meet again dude, rock on 🤘.”

His mother Sue Santolla-Rocha also commented:

Good morning. Just so we all start to heal, Ralph Santolla is not laying on that bed at St Joseph Hospital. He has gone, and he is happy and at peace in heaven. I want to start your day with a little humor. My wonderful mother and Ralph grandmother passed away three years ago. One of my friends was trying to console me, Fred Parker, and had the comment that Ralph would be playing music for his Nannie..it just made me laugh to visualize Ralph playing heavy metal for his Nannie. OMG….it would be so funny… His Nannie was an amazingly strong woman and she would tell him, cut it down, and play something decent. I ❤ my son more than anyone can imagine, my heart is broken..but I know he loved me unconditionally and will always be with me. It is the same with all of us, he will be with you everyone, everyday and his love will surround us now and forever.i wanted to tell everyone that I have thousands of messages…I just can’t deal with it right now but I love each of you.