Doom metal legends SAINT VITUS have released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET regarding the passing of their former drummer, Armando Acosta:"It is with great regret that we announce a great loss to the world of heavy metal with the passing of former SAINT VITUS drummer Armando Acosta. "Armando's last show with SAINT VITUS was April 29, 2009 in Stuttgart, Germany. "Armando had been struggling with health issues over the years but came back into the VITUS fold for one last hurrah by headlining Roadburn [festival in Tilburg, Holland] in 2009 and playing a handful of European dates directly after the festival. "Henry Vasquez replaced Armando Acosta in 2009, making his debut on the main stage at Hellfest [in Clisson, France]. "The December 2010 SAINT VITUS tour will be dedicated to our old friend, Armando Acosta. "R.I.P., brother!!!" Acosta died Thanksgiving Day (November 25) at the age of 58. Armando was one of the original SAINT VITUS members, having joined the group in 1979 when they were known as TYRANT.