Trever Strnad’s death at 41 leaves metal world in pieces as stars pay tribute


Trevor Strnad, frontman of melodic death metal band The Black Dahlia Murder, has passed away at the age of 41.

His sudden death was confirmed by the group in an Instagram statement on Wednesday night (11 May 2022).

The four band members wrote: “It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Trevor Scott Strnad. Beloved son, brother and shepherd of good times, he was loved by all who met him.

“A walking encyclopaedia of all things music, he was a hugger, a writer and truly one of the world’s greatest entertainers. His lyrics provided the world with stories and spells and horror and whimsy. It was his life to be your show.”

While there has been no official confirmation of cause of death, the message concluded with a number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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Strnad was founding member of The Black Dahlia Murder

Strnad and guitarist Brian Eschbach were the only original members of the band, there have been 11 departures from the group since it formed in Michigan in 2001.

The Black Dahlia Murder released demo What A Horrible Night To Have A Curse and, by 2003, their first studio album – Unhallowed – gained them their first number one on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart.

Over the years the band has released nine albums including Verminous, their latest full-length release, in 2020.

Stars pay tribute to Trevor Strnad

Fellow metal band Darkest Hour shared a photo of Strnad with John Henry on their Instagram page, calling him a “complete joy to be around”.

Jamey Jasta, lead singer of Hatebreed, tweeted: “RIP Trevor Strnad, you’ll be missed dearly. My deepest condolences to TDBM, his family, friends and fans. Thanks for all the laughs, the stories, the music and so much more.”

Strnad’s vocal talent was emphasised by Stray From The Patch drummer Craig Reynolds, who claimed other death metal bands have two singers because “neither of them could do what he did”.

With a career spanning 21 years, The Black Dahlia Murder introduced many fans to the genre, with so many heartbroken by the sudden loss:

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