Trevor Strnad, a metal musician best known as the frontman and lead vocalist for The Black Dahlia Murder, has died at the age of 41 according to his bandmates.

The Instagram account for the band, which released their ninth studio album Verminous in 2020, announced Strnad’s death yesterday and remembered his influence on their group. “Beloved son, brother, and Shepherd of good times, he was loved by all that met him,” they began the post.

They also called Strnad “a walking encyclopedia of all things music. He was a hugger, a writer, and truly one of the world’s greatest entertainers.” The band wrapped by saying to fans, “It was his life to be your show.” They did not specify a cause of death, but the band attached the number of the National Suicide Prevention line to the end of their memorial message.

Strnad was known in the metal community as being excessively kind and generous, and extremely passionate about the genre. He did struggle with anxiety and drinking problems and discussed them publicly. He also told Metal Injection in a 2021 interview that the isolation he experienced while isolating during the heights of the Covid-19 pandemic was “dangerous” for his mental health.

Here is the title track off their last album if you want to hear some of Strnad’s incredibly demented vocal work he poured his life into.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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