In support of B.C. Rich's launch of the new B.C. Rich Chuck Schuldiner Tribute Stealth guitars, the company has launched a promotional/educational web site at www.chuckstealth.com.Commented B.C. Rich: "After a lot of hard work we believe that we have created a dynamic and interesting site that Chuck would be proud of. We're very excited about paying (or better: playing) this tribute to Chuck." Chuck Schuldiner is best known for being the founder, singer, guitar player and main songwriter of DEATH, which he founded in 1983 and developed into one of the first death metal bands. Many music biographers have referred to Chuck as the "father of death metal". Chuck played several B.C. Rich models throughout his short but meaningful career, but the most recognized had to be his black single pickup, neck-through Stealth. Chuck Schuldiner passed away On December 13, 2001 at age 34 after a a battle with pontine glioma, a rare type of brain tumor. Back in December 2006, the Greek edition of Rock Hard magazine published a tribute to late DEATH mastermind Chuck Schuldiner, including statements and stories from many of the people that played with Chuck such as Kam Lee, Chris Reifert, Terry Butler, Steve DiGiorgio, Richard Christy and Paul Masvidal plus music industry notables who dealt with Schuldiner, and other musicians, among them Michael Amott (ARCH ENEMY), Niklas Sundin (DARK TRANQUILLITY), Donald Tardy (OBITUARY), Alex Webster (CANNIBAL CORPSE), Trym (EMPEROR), Dan Lilker (NUCLEAR ASSAULT), Kelly Shaefer (ATHEIST), and Tony Choy (ATHEIST, CYNIC). The magazine has posted all the individual statements from the article (which came out in Greece on December 27, 2006) at this location (scroll down to May 14, 2007 blog entry).
To coincide with what would have been DEATH mastermind Chuck Schuldiner's 40th birthday (Chuck was born on May 13, 1967), the official DEATH web site Empty Words posted the Schuldiner tribute article (entitled "Lust for Life") which was published in Guitar World magazine's April 2007 issue. Check it out at this location. Chuck Schuldiner memorial video made by his mother (and which was shown at his funeral):