Heavy metal singer Trevor Strnad, of The Black Dahlia Murder, dies

The lead singer and founder of the popular Michigan-based heavy metal band Black Dahlia Murder has died. 

Trevor Strnad’s tragic passing at age 41 was announced by his bandmates in an Instagram post Wednesday, Rolling Stone reported. 

Metal singer Trevor Strnad dies

Strnad appears to have died of a suicide. Although no cause of death was shared, his band included the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline in their post. His bandmates described him as a “walking encyclopedia” of musical knowledge who was “loved by all that met him.”

“It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Trevor Scott Strnad,” the post read. “Beloved son, brother, and Shepard of good times, he was loved by all that met him. A walking encyclopedia of all things music.”

“He was a hugger, a writer, and truly one of the world’s greatest entertainers,” the post added. “His lyrics provided the world with stories and spells and horror and whimsy. It was his life to be your show.”

The Black Dahlia Murder was named after the notorious unsolved 1947 homicide of actor Elizabeth Short.

The group has released nine full-length albums since their first EP, What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse, was released in 2001, according to rock publication Louder. Their most recent LP, Verminous, came out in 2020.

Metal fans pay tribute

Louder described Strnad as a “beloved and respected member of the metal community” who was “widely liked for his down-to-earth nature, openheartedness with fans and passion for death metal and horror movies.”

The news of Strnad’s death prompted tributes from the metal community.

The Connecticut-based band Shadow of Intent said that Strnad “believed in us early on when not many people did,” while the Brooklyn bar Saint Vitus, a popular gathering place for metalheads, said it is “difficult to overstate” the influence Strnad had on the metal genre.

Strnad leaves behind a girlfriend, Violet Knox.

The tragic news comes as the band was planning to kick off a tour later this month at Daytona Beach’s Welcome to Rockville Festival.

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