Trevor Strnad, the lead singer of the Michigan band Black Dahlia Murder, has died.
The melodic death metal band announced Strnad’s passing in an Instagram post on Wednesday.
Strnad, who was 41, could frequently be seen drinking beer and sharing laughs at Michigan metal shows. It was hard to miss Strnad, a burly guy with glasses who loved to party and talk about death metal.
“Beloved son, brother and pastor of the good old days, he was loved by all who knew him,” the band wrote on social media. “A walking encyclopedia of everything related to music. He was a hugger, a writer and truly one of the best artists in the world. His lyrics provided the world with stories, spells, horror and fantasy. It was the life of him to be your show.”
No cause of death has been given as of yet, though the band’s post includes the suicide prevention hotline number at the end.
decibel magazinein whose pages Strnad frequently appeared, he wrote that it seems impossible to imagine that Strnad would take his own life in front of anyone who had interviewed him, seen him perform, or met him in real life.
“His life force was so strong that you can’t see him without existing,” metal magazine wrote. “…he was an accomplished performer who turned BDM shows into soulful parties, the death metal version of the late Hank von Hell of Turbonegro. Finally, he was a death metal fan, historian and archivist of the highest order. Even if you count Decibel’s staff, few people on the planet loved death metal as much as Trevor Strnad.”
The Black Dahlia Murder’s name comes from the infamous unsolved 1947 murder of Elizabeth Short in Los Angeles, who was nicknamed the “Black Dahlia.” The band formed in Waterford in the early 2000s.
The most recent album of the band. Verminous was released in 2020 and they had tour plans for this summer, including an appearance at Dynamo Metalfest in August. This makes the news of his abrupt death even more surprising. He was one of the few original members left in the current lineup of the band.
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