Scott "Wino" Weinrich — who has played in such acts as ST. VITUS, THE OBSESSED, THE HIDDEN HAND, PROBOT and SPIRIT CARAVAN — has released the following statement regarding the passing of former SAINT VITUS drummer, Armando Acosta:"With great sadness we say rest in peace, Armando. The strong, gentle bear is gone to a better place. I knew him as a beautiful, mellow guy who shared a lot of my loves — motorcycles , swords, armor and music. "Ride on, brother. See you later! "If you loved as he loved, there is no love greater, forever..." Acosta passed away 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. He was replaced in 2009 by the band's current drummer, Henry Vasquez. When asked by The Obelisk in a January 2010 interview what caused the split between Acosta and SAINT VITUS, the band's guitarist, Dave Chandler, stated, "He's got some major health problems, and it's just restricting his playing. We had set up to do a really, really big show in France with 100,000 people, 80,000 — the Hellfest. We did Roadburn and like three German shows, and we were like, 'Man, you gotta get help, dude,' because we can't have something going on like this for the France thing, because that could open up a lot of doors for other things.' We played between HEAVEN & HELL and MÖTLEY CRÜE, so we couldn't have stuff screwing up. Hopefully he'll attend to it. We all hope that he does."