TYPE O NEGATIVE To Issue Statement Regarding PETER STEELE's Death Later Today

TYPE O NEGATIVE's official web site has just been updated with the following message:

"The [official TYPE O NEGATIVE] forums have been re-opened. Please play nice and expect statements from the band and family later today.

"Thank you for your understanding and support."

As previously reported, TYPE O NEGATIVE keyboardist Josh Silver confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET that Peter Steele passed away yesterday (Wednesday, April 14) at the age of 48. No official cause of death has yet been released, but it is believed that Steele died of heart failure.

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According to unconfirmed reports, Steele had been ill for days leading up to his death.

Steele was born Petrus T. Ratajczyk on January 4, 1962 in Brooklyn, New York. He stood 6' 7" (201 cm) tall, and had a low, bass-heavy voice, which was one of the most recognizable features in TYPE O NEGATIVE's music.

Before forming TYPE O NEGATIVE, Steele played for the metal group FALLOUT and the thrash band CARNIVORE.

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