CARNIVORE guitarist Paul Bento has released the following statement regarding the passing of TYPE O NEGATIVE/CARNIVORE frontman Peter Steele:

"I consider myself one of the luckiest musicians in New York City to have known and worked with Pete Steele.

"From the early days when we both worked in downtown Brooklyn, being asked to play sitar on 'Bloody Kisses', to working with him in the latest incarnation of CARNIVORE, Pete Steele gave me life.

"As big in stature as he was, his heart and brain were bigger. Peter could cover the full gamut from being a major cat lover to discussing physics over the phone at 3:00 a.m. He was brilliant.

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"The musical world as we know it will never be the same without him.

"One of my favorite phrases of his is 'no balls, no glory.' It sums up the way he lived.

"Loved by so many, he will be seriously missed.

"God's speed, Peter."


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