Category Archives: In Memoriam

As applicable this category will be used to remember those entertainment personalities that we lost.

Breaking: Ric Ocasek of The Cars Has Passed Away (1944-2019)

It was only a couple of days ago that we shared the news about the passing of Rock singer Eddie Money, and now we must add to the sadness and share the news about the passing of the great Ric Ocasek of the legendary New Wave Rock band The Cars. Reports cite that the NYPD was called to investigate an “unresponsive male” in his apartment by Paulina Poritzkova (his estranged wife). It would end up being Ric and he was pronounced dead on the scene. The musician was 75 years of age. No COD is available at this early time but when more information comes to light I will surely update this memorial posting.

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Ric Ocasek by Jim Spellman for Getty Images 2019

“Ric was at home recuperating very well after surgery. Our two sons, Jonathan and Oliver, and I were making sure he was comfortable, ordering food and watching TV together. I found him still asleep when bringing him his Sunday morning coffee. I touched his cheek to rouse him. It was then I realized that during the night he had peacefully passed on. We appreciate the great outpouring of love. We, his family and friends, are completely and utterly devastated by his untimely and unexpected death and would appreciate the privacy to mourn in private…from the Ocasek Family”
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One Ticket To Paradise; The Legendary Eddie Money Has Died (1949-2019)

The news has been circulating for the better part of an hour and with sources such as Variety and TMZ being the first to broadcast we must add our voice to the mix and announce to our readers that legendary Rock singer Eddie Money has passed away. The singer was 70 years of age and passed away due to esophageal cancer. The Money family statement is shared with you below:

“The Money Family regrets to announce that Eddie passed away peacefully early this morning. It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our loving husband and father. We cannot imagine our world without him. We are grateful that he will live on forever through his music.”

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Eddie Money by David Allocca

Money was recently featured on the TMZ program where he discussed his being diagnosed with Stage 4 esophageal cancer and while he seemed optimistic about the illness I guess it was all smoke and mirrors for the public because here we are not too many weeks later and he has passed away. Money and his family were the stars of an AXS Network reality show called “Real Money”. Over the course of Money’s career he released “12” studio albums which spawned something like “25” singles. There were also a bevy of compilation packages and live releases on top of these. Over the years, I always enjoyed the music of Eddie Money and this was especially the case back in his heyday because you’d often hear his music on conventional Rock radio of the time. Stations like WNEW and WPLJ were never shy about playing his signature numbers like “Two Tickets To Paradise”, “Baby Hold On” and my very favorite song from his catalog “I Think I’m In Love”. I’ve added to clips of tracks I was most passionate about for you to remember better times. More about Eddie’s storied career can be learned via the Wiki entry that is at the close of this reflection.

Goodnight and thank you for the music Mr. Money. You were one of a kind and seemed like a fun, and cool person to know. May your passage to Valhalla be an easy one. On behalf of the Media Command HQ at PiercingMetal we wish your family, friends and worldwide fans the most sincere condolences. Rest In Peace.

Official Website: http://www.eddiemoney.com
Official Artist Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Money

Tengger Cavalry Founder Nature Ganganbaigal Has Died (2019)

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The news was being circulated late last night when the folks over at the MetalSucks Mansion announced the news that Tengger Cavalry front man Nature Ganganbaigal aka Nature GB had passed away. The band shared the news with them directly and the rest of us have been sharing it along so more people were aware if they were fans of the musician. No cause of death was revealed and I am unaware of Nature’s age other than he was likely in his thirties.

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The Statement:
“It is with deep sadness and shock that we must share the news that Nature has passed away. Nature’s greatest goal in life was the unite people of all backgrounds through community and through music. He was also an advocate for mental health, and encouraged everyone from friends to total strangers to persist through their struggles. Though we have lost a dear friend and a great artists, we know that his music will live on and continue to help us find our common ground and find our strength despite adversity. Please respect the privacy of Nature’s family during his painful time. May the Eternal Blue Sky find him at peace.”
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The Prodigy’s Keith Flint Has Died (1969-2019)

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Good morning my friends and loyal readers, it seems that I must start this snowy NYC Monday on a down note as Keith Flint, lead singer of The Prodigy has passed away at age 49.

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The BBC reported this news only a short time ago and its sad confirmation can be found on the bands Twitter feed. While no cause of death was initially cited in the BBC announcement of the news, it’s been noted that the groups founder Liam Howlett had confirmed via his Instagram that his death was a suicide. He is quoted as saying, “The news is true, I can’t believe I’m saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend.

Now, truth be told, we don’t really follow the Electronic Music scene here at the Metal Media Command HQ, but its without question that we know the bands most seminal track “Firestarter”. It was the kind of number that one would find played at any genres performance across the PA system and it remains an incendiary, and exciting track to this very day. I’ve embedded the official video for you all to watch Keith in action in better times.

We extend the deepest of condolences to Keith’s family, friends, band mates and worldwide fans at this time as they come to terms with the loss. Thank you Keith for your innovations and accomplishments in this genre of music, you clearly pushed the envelope on what could be done with it, may you Rest In Peace.

PSA: We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

Official Artist Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Flint

Reflecting On The 2018 Deaths In Music

As our Entertainment Year draws to a close, I wanted to take a moment and reflect upon the numerous artist losses that we found happening over the past year in 2018. While its true that there is often a longer “In Memoriam” post done for some of the artists here on the PiercingMetal website, it’s all too difficult to do such a piece for every single musician or entertainment personality that we lose. I think I’d need a dedicated writer for that alone. In similar fashion to the full listing that I began last year in this fashion, I culled the research sources and tried to cite all the names that our demographic might be most familiar with. Should a longer “In Memoriam” post exist on the site, I will highlight the name so you can examine that article at your leisure. Let’s say goodbye to these talented people once more before 2018 end.

January 1, 2018: Jon Paul Steuer (33), American punk singer and actor
January 2, 2018: Rick Hall (85), American record producer
January 3, 2018: Josiah Boyd (32), American heavy metal bassist (A Hill to Die Upon)
January 4, 2018: Ray Thomas (76), British progressive rock flautist (The Moody Blues)
January 5, 2018: Mikio Fujioka (36), Japanese heavy metal guitarist (Babymetal)
January 9, 2018: Paul Antingnani, American heavy metal drummer (Sworn Enemy)
January 10, 2018: “Fast” Eddie Clarke (67), British heavy metal guitarist (Motörhead, Fastway)
January 15, 2018: Dolores O’Riordan (46), Irish alternative rock singer-songwriter (The Cranberries)
January 16, 2018: Dave Holland (69), English heavy metal drummer (Judas Priest, Trapeze)
January 20, 2018: Jim Rodford (76), British rock bassist (Argent, The Kinks, The Zombies)

February 7, 2018: Pat Torpey (64), American hard rock drummer (Mr. Big)
February 9, 2018: Craig MacGregor (68), American rock bassist (Foghat)
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