Black Dahlia Murder singer Trevor Strnad dies aged 41

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Trevor Strnad, singer and co-founder of black metal band The Black Dahlia Murder, has died. He was 41 years old.

The singer’s bandmates took to their official Instagram account on Wednesday to confirm his passing. Although no cause of death was given, contact details for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline were shared with the announcement.

“It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Trevor Scott Strnad,” they wrote. “Beloved son, brother and Shepard of good times, he was loved by all who met him. A walking encyclopedia of all things musical. He was a hug, a writer and truly one from the greatest artists in the world. His lyrics provided the world with stories and spells and horror and fantasy. It was his life to be your show.


Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder at the Heavy Montreal festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau on July 28, 2018 in Canada.
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Brandon Ellis, the band’s lead guitarist, also took to social media to mourn “one of the funniest and most entertaining people to walk the earth”.

“I can’t even begin to process this,” Ellis began in his post. “In shock and utter disbelief. It has been my greatest honor to spend the last six and a half years in a band with this absolute icon and legend. A brother. A best friend. One of the funniest people and the most entertaining to walk the earth. The life of the party that is The Black Dahlia Murder, as well as any given room it occupies. A lyrical mastermind. A champion of all heavy music culture. Also my greatest big supporter.

“This man changed my life and believed in me more than myself,” he shared. “I can’t believe there won’t be any more laughs, songs written together or decimated scenes with Trevor at the helm. I hope he knew how much he was loved around the world. Rest in peace Trevor.”

The Black Dahlia Murder, a Michigan-based band named after the unsolved 1947 murder of Elizabeth Short, was formed in 2000. They have cited legendary rock bands, such as Metallica, Pantera and Judas Priest, as influences. Strnad released their first breakthrough tracks in 2001.

The group was named after the unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short (1924-1947), nicknamed "The black dahlia" by the press.

The group was named after the unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short (1924-1947), nicknamed “The Black Dahlia” by the press.
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After releasing several EPs independently, The Black Dahlia Murder signed with Metal Blade Records in 2003. Their highest charting album was 2011’s “Ritual” which peaked at number 31 on the US Billboard chart. Their most recent release, a ninth album titled “Verminous”, became a hit when it was released in 2020.

The rockers were gearing up to go on tour this year with a show scheduled for May 20 as part of Daytona Beach’s Welcome to Rockville festival. They had also planned to perform at Dynamo Metalfest in the Netherlands in August.

In 2021, Strnad told Metal Injection that opening up publicly about his mental health has helped him, noting that he wants his “quarantine to be great”.

Trevor Strnad recently shared how being open about his mental health has helped him.

Trevor Strnad recently shared how being open about his mental health has helped him.
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“And I think it might help someone else know that I’m a human being and someone they might be looking for inspiration is going through that too,” he shared. at the time.

Strnad appeared in a photo alongside his girlfriend Violet Knox three days before his death.

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