According to the Hartford Courant, Connecticut police are treating the death of ALL THAT REMAINS guitarist Oliver "Oli" Herbert as suspicious.
The state medical examiner's office ruled this week that the 44-year-old musican drowned in a pond behind his Stafford Springs home last month and called the manner of death "undetermined." Chief Medical Examiner Dr. James Gill said Herbert's case will remain undetermined unless new information is developed.
Sources told the Hartford Courant investigators are compiling a timeline of Herbert's last 24 hours, reviewing his medical history and searching for people who may have been in contact with him on or before October 16 when his body was found in Hydeville Pond.
Oli and his wife have lived in a home that borders the pond since 2014, town records show. That house was reportedly in pre-foreclosure at the time of the guitarist's death for lack of payment.
Over the weekend, Elizabeth Herbert, who had reported her husband missing, released a statement via his official Facebook page in which she revealed that Oli drowned after apparently ingesting antidepressant medication and sleeping pills. She also addressed the sudden cancelation of the public memorial service for Oli, which was supposed to be held on Sunday, November 11 at the Worcester Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts. She wrote: "As far as why the memorial was cancelled; concern for my personal safety and home due to numerous threats to both is the reason."
ALL THAT REMAINS singer Philip Labonte said last week that he was "shocked" by Oli's death. "He was 44 years old, and he wasn't really a big partier," Labonte told Meltdown Of Detroit's WRIF radio station. "He would go hang out with people and stuff, but he didn't really do a lot of drinking… He didn't do drugs, he didn't really drink a lot. He would smoke pot once in a while, but that was the extent of it."
Herbert began playing guitar at 14. He co-founded ALL THAT REMAINS with Labonte in 1998.
ALL THAT REMAINS has released nine studio albums, a live CD/DVD, and has sold more than one million records worldwide.
The surviving members of ALL THAT REMAINS — Labonte, Mike Martin (guitar), Jason Costa (drums) and Aaron Patrick (bass, backing vocals) — will embark on the previously scheduled European tour with SEVENDUST this December. Guitar virtuoso and YouTube personality Jason Richardson (ALL SHALL PERISH, CHELSEA GRIN, BORN OF OSIRIS) has come on board and will fill in on the upcoming trek.