The well-respected and legendary BLACK DAHLIA MURDER vocalist Trevor Strnad has died, aged 41. The Michigan band announced the singer’s death on social media on May 11th. We wish his family and friends all the best at this harsh time. Trevor has done a ton of great things for metal over the years and he will be greatly missed.
No official cause of death has yet been reveale, but the band has posted the following statement alongside the 1-800 number for National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: ““It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Trevor Scott Strnad. 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. His lyrics provided the world with stories and spells and horror and whimsy. It was his life to be your show.””
Trevor was a beloved and respected member of the worldwide metal community and widely liked for his openheartedness with fans and passion for death metal and horror movies.
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Strnad was a founding member of The Black Dahlia Murder since the band released their demo in 2001. The band was formed in Waterford, Michigan, by Strnad, guitarists Brian Eschbach and Jon Kemppainen, bassist David Lock and drummer Cory Grady in 2002, when they released “A Cold-Blooded Epitaph” EP. 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 their first LP Unhallowed in 2003 on Metal Blade Records, which has remained their label home to this day. In 2020, Strnad sang on the title track for Undeath’s debut album Lesions of a Different Kind.
A number of people have taken to social media to share tributes.
So sad to hear about the passing of Trevor from The Black Dahlia Murder. Absolutely horrible. He was such a sweet guy. Had him on my podcast about 10 months ago, he was very open about struggling with depression. It’s a sad day for the Metal community
— Robb Flynn (@TheGeneralMH) May 11, 2022
Rest In Peace to an icon of modern metal.
I’ve had the privilege to be able to tour with and play shows with Trevor countless times since 2005 – I have been a big fan of TBDM since 2003.
My heart goes out to his family, band, and every one of TBDM’s supporters around the world pic.twitter.com/XXq4SQwpzj
— Matthew kiichichaos Heafy (@matthewkheafy) May 11, 2022
RIP Trevor Strnad, you’ll be missed dearly, my deepest condolences to TDBM, his family, friends & fans. Thanks for all the laughs, the stories, the music, & so much more. ❤️❤️❤️
— Jamey Jasta (@jameyjasta) May 11, 2022
Trevor was nothing but a lover and an amazing, talented human. We will miss him. Our hearts go out to the band, his family and all his fans around the world.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
— Suicide Silence (@suicidesilence) May 11, 2022
Totally shocking news. Truly great guy/artist. Testament was supposed to tour with the band (derailed by Covid) and it was a blast to work with him in @metalallegiance. Huge loss.
RiP @TrevorTBDM https://t.co/PTBESRWWNv
— Alex Skolnick 🇺🇦 (@AlexSkolnick) May 11, 2022
Absolutely shocked to hear of the passing of @TrevorTBDM of @bdmmetal😢 Trevor was part of the @metalallegiance family having sung on our song The Accuser as well as joining us for shows in 2018 & 2019 My deepest condolences to his bandmates, friends & family 🙏 #RIPTrevorStrnad pic.twitter.com/KOyOsttkhq
— Mike Portnoy 🤘 (@MikePortnoy) May 11, 2022
Our love to Trevor’s friends and family. It’s difficult to overstate what Trevor meant to metal and how much his presence will be missed. Please hug your loved ones a little tighter.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
— saint vitus (@saintvitusbar) May 11, 2022