TONY LAUREANO On VADER Drummer's Passing: 'Metal World Has Lost An Incredible Percussive Force'

Drummer Tony Laureano (NILE, DIMMU BORGIR, ANGELCORPSE) has posted the following message regarding the passing of former VADER drummer Krzysztof "Docent" Raczkowski (a.k.a. Doc):

"Today I woke up to hear that former VADER drummer Doc had passed away. It was quite shocking, to say the least, and totally unexpected. It is a very sad thing that has happened. Doc was a really nice guy, and a phenomenal drummer. He was a wonderful character whom I had the pleasure of sharing several tours with, including my very first one almost 10 years ago. I was a total rookie who showed up for a European tour with the absolute bare minimum, but even though I had just met him, he loaned me quite a bit of his personal gear without a second thought. And that is the type of guy he was, if he could help you in any way, he would gladly do so.

"Over time, I began to hear about some personal problems he was having, and I always hoped that he would perservere. I last saw him in October of 2003 when we were once again touring together. While he physically displayed signs of some personal struggle, he was in high spirits, and honestly trying to better himself. He told me about his impending fatherhood, and how he was looking foward to a new chapter in life. At the end of that tour, I didn't get a chance to say goodbye, but I always figured I would catch up with him at some other point as had always been the case. I would have never though that it would be the last time I would ever see him.

"I feel very sad about his untimely death and I would like to send my condolences to his family, his friends, and his bandmates. The metal world has lost an incredible percussive force and a wonderful soul. Rest in peace, brother."

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