CRADLE OF FILTH backing singer Sarah Jezebel Deva (also in ANGTORIA, ex-THERION, MORTIIS) has commented on DISSECTION frontman Jon Nödveidt's recent decision to take his own life less than three months after announcing his band's split.
Nödtveidt, 31, was found dead on August 16 at his apartment in Hässelby, a suburb of Stockholm, Sweden, the apparent victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
In December 1997, Nödveidt was arrested for the murder of Josef Ben Meddaour and served seven years for accessory to murder and possession of an illegal firearm.
Commented Sarah Jezebel Deva in an online posting: "The weekend that he killed that guy [Josef Ben Meddaour], I was actually with him and it was an amazing weekend. DISSECTION and THERION shared a tour bus together. We had such a laugh together, and not long after that, Jesper from IN FLAMES read the new paper article out to me about what Jon had done (Jon hated IN FLAMES, so there was a bit of hatred there at the time). I was shocked and didn't believe it because the Jon I had been with that weekend was not capable of murder. It goes to show that people only show you the side they want you to see.
"When he was in prison, we wrote a few letters back and forth but because he kept getting moved around, I kinda gave up in the end.
"I feel so sorry for his family, especially his brother Emil (SWORDMASTER), who was such a wonderful guy.
"I think commiting suicide, although very close to doing it myself at times, is bullshit! What the fuck was he thinking? Ending the DISSECTION legacy by making a kvlt statement and killing yaself! Fucking bullshit, if you ask me.
"I had a lot of respect for the Jon I knew that weekend (and the one I toured with in '97 on the Gods Of Darkness Tour). But then Adrian [Erlandsson, CRADLE OF FILTH drummer] kindly informed me, 'Your mate Jon likes to kill animals. He once pinned up a live cat to someones front door and let it die.' That kinda sickened me.
"Whatever his reasons, RIP, but I still think he is an idiot for doing this."