Black Dahlia Murder Vocalist Trevor Strnad Dead at 41

Black Dahlia Murder Vocalist Trevor Strnad Dead at 41

“He was a hugger, a writer, and truly one of the world’s greatest entertainers,” the death metal band says about the group’s founder vocalist.

Trevor Strnad, founder and the lead vocalist of popular death metal group The Black Dahlia Murder, passed away at 41.

Strnad’s bandmates announced the death of their friend on Wednesday via social media. There was no cause of death given. However, the remaining members posted the contact details to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

“It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Trevor Scott Strnad,” the Black Dahlia Murder said in an announcement. “Beloved brother, son and Shepard of great times.” He was loved by everyone who knew him. A living encyclopedia of everything related to music. He was a lover of people, a writer, and one of the greatest entertainers. His lyrics enthralled people with tales, magic, horror and whimsy. His life was to perform for you.”

The Michigan-based group of metal -named for the notorious 1947 murder unsolved by actor Elizabeth Smart — formed in the year 2000. After a string of independent EPs, the band was signed to their long-running record label Metal Blade Records, which released all nine of Black Dahlia Murder’s studio albums, including their most recent album called 2020’s Verminous. Unfortunately, metal Blade Records also confirmed Strnad’s demise on Wednesday.

“I can not even begin to process this… In total shock and disbelief,” Black Dahlia Murder guitarist Brandon Ellis wrote on Instagram. “This man has changed the way I live and believe more in me than in myself. I cannot believe that there will never be laughter and songs written in concert or stages destroyed by Trevor. I want to think he was aware of the love he received from everyone worldwide.”

“Trevor believed in us early on when not many people did; his band took us on our first full US tour,” Connecticut deathcore band Shadow of Intent wrote in a post on Facebook. “He loved music so much and undoubtedly left a huge legacy on metal.” The well-known Brooklyn-based venue and bar Saint Vitus also shared an appreciation of Strnad via Twitter and wrote, “It’s difficult to overstate what Trevor meant to metal and how much his presence will be missed.”

The death metal group was planning to perform a tour later in the year when Strnad’s passing, including the May 20 show that was one of Daytona Beach, Florida’s Welcome to Rockville Festival.

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