Necrophagia Vocalist Frank “Killjoy” Pucci Dead At 48

Necrophagia vocalist Frank “Killjoy” Pucci has passed away at the age of 48. No cause of death has been revealed. R.I.P.

The band commented:

“We are so shocked and saddened to bring you the news of our dear brother Killjoy passing away this morning. We are at a loss for words. R.I.P brother you are forever in our hearts. We will cherish our moments together forever.
Frank (Killjoy) Pucci 1969-2018
Serge, Shawn, Jake“


Charlie “Chalo” Quintana (Ex-Social Distortion/Izzy Stradlin) Dead At 56

Charlie “Chalo” Quintana (ex-Social Distortion/Izzy Stradlin, etc.) has passed away at the age of 56. No cause of death has been revealed but a GoFundMe has been launched to bring his body from Mexico back to the U.S. R.I.P.

The following message was posted on Facebook:

“It is with heavy heart that we post our dear friend passed away.

Born in El Paso, Texas, Chalo was best known as a drummer for the old school punk band Social Distortion from 2000 to 2009.

He was a member of 1970s punk band The Plugz (which became a popular roots band in the 1980s), Cruzados, The Havalinas, Izzy Stradlin & the Ju Ju Hounds, and has toured and/or recorded with Joan Osborne, John Doe, Cracker, Bob Dylan, Jimmy and the Mustangs, 47C and many others. He was briefly a member of Agent Orange, appearing on their 1996 album Virtually Indestructible.

Many had tried to help Charlie Quintana in his time of need, while others turned their back on him at his darkest hour. He moved Mexico from the US where he cared for stray dogs and loved his new life.

There are no words that will comfort those who loved him, and there are no words for those who made money off him and didn’t pay it back when he needed them.

To his family, friends and fans, our deepest condolences. Rest in Peace Chalo!”

Wormed Drummer Guillermo Calero Passes Away

Wormed drummer Guillermo Calero has passed away at the age of 27. No cause of death has been revealed. R.I.P.

The band commented:

“We have just received devastating news; unfortunately we have to tell you that g-Calero (Guillermo Calero) passed away last Friday.

From Wormed we want to extend our heartfelt condolences to your family, to your closest friends and colleagues. We still cannot believe what has happened. We’re still in shock when we find out that our friend and gang partner has gone so suddenly.

Guille, wherever you are brother will always be with us, you have been and will always be part of our little family. We love you friend and we will never forget all those great moments we have lived together! Soon we’ll meet you in that damn void called cosmos.

(Guillermo Calero ‘G-Calero’ 1990-2018)

To all promoters who have dates reserved for the band: we will soon make decisions about it. Thank you for your consideration in these hard days.”


Foghat Bassist Craig Macgregor Dead At 68

Foghat bassist Craig Macgregor has passed away at the age of 68. His death comes after a long battle with lung cancer. R.I.P.

The band commented:

“On behalf of Craig MacGregor’s family and the Foghat family, it is with great sadness that we are letting you know that we have lost our brother, good friend, husband, father and bandmate this morning. He passed peacefully in his wife Lisa MacGregor’s arms after a prolonged battle with cancer. Please respect the privacy of the family and band members at this time. We will be sharing information in the next day or so. Rest in peace, Thunderfingers.”


Mr. Big Drummer Pat Torpey Dead At 64

Mr. Big drummer Pat Torpey has passed away at the age of 64. His death was a result of complications related to Parkinson’s disease. R.I.P.


Tom Petty’s Cause Of Death Revealed To Be Accidental Overdose On Pain Medication

It has officially been confirmed that Tom Petty’s death was a result of accidental overdose on pain medication. A statement from the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner said Petty was taking various medications including Fentanyl, oxycodone, Xanax, Restoril, and Celexa. The drugs were prescribed for emphysema, knee problems, and a fractured hip, which eventually turned into a full on break with unbearable pain. Petty was found unconscious, unable to breath, and in full cardiac arrest at his Mailbu, CA home on October 1, 2017. EMTs rushed him to the hospital, but he was taken off life support after no brain activity was detected. He died on October 2, 2017. R.I.P.

Petty’s family issued the following statement:

Our family sat together this morning with the Medical Examiner – Coroner’s office and we were informed of their final analysis that Tom Petty passed away due to an accidental drug overdose as a result of taking a variety of medications.

Unfortunately Tom’s body suffered from many serious ailments including emphysema, knee problems and most significantly a fractured hip.

Despite this painful injury he insisted on keeping his commitment to his fans and he toured for 53 dates with a fractured hip and, as he did, it worsened to a more serious injury.

On the day he died he was informed his hip had graduated to a full on break and it is our feeling that the pain was simply unbearable and was the cause for his over use of medication.

We knew before the report was shared with us that he was prescribed various pain medications for a multitude of issues including Fentanyl patches and we feel confident that this was, as the coroner found, an unfortunate accident.

As a family we recognize this report may spark a further discussion on the opioid crisis and we feel that it is a healthy and necessary discussion and we hope in some way this report can save lives. Many people who overdose begin with a legitimate injury or simply do not understand the potency and deadly nature of these medications.

On a positive note we now know for certain he went painlessly and beautifully exhausted after doing what he loved the most, for one last time, performing live with his unmatchable rock band for his loyal fans on the biggest tour of his 40 plus year career. He was extremely proud of that achievement in the days before he passed.

We continue to mourn with you and marvel at Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ incredible positive impact on music and the world. And we thank you all for your love and support over the last months.

Thank you also for respecting the memory of a man who was truly great during his time on this planet both publicly and privately.

We would be grateful if you could respect the privacy of the entire Heartbreaker family during this difficult time.

Dana Petty and Adria Petty

[via Blabbermouth]


Dolores O’Riordan (The Cranberries) Dead At 46

Dolores O’Riordan, frontwoman of the alternative rock group The Cranberries, has passed away at the age of 46. No cause of death has been reported. R.I.P.

The band’s publicist said the following:

“Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London today. She was 46 years old. The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries, was in London for a short recording session. No further details are available at this time.

Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”

The Cranberries also commented themselves:

“We are devastated on the passing of our friend Dolores. She was an extraordinary talent and we feel very privileged to have been part of her life from 1989 when we started the Cranberries. The world has lost a true artist today.

Noel, Mike and Fergal”