RIP (Really) Peter Steele, Founder of Type O Negative

I’ve been reluctant to write about the death of Peter Steele, founder of the hugely popular NYC goth band, Type O Negative, primarily because I wanted to make sure it wasn’t another faked death.
As I write this, I’m listening to Type O Negative. I’ve got probably every song they ever recorded and published in my iTunes, and threw it on shuffle just to get a good mix of the new and the old. See, they’re one of my favorite bands of all time, and now that it’s official that Peter Steele is dead, I’m going to play them – and mourn him – until I’ve had my fill, which might not be for a good long while.
Peter Steele, born Petrus T. Ratajczyk on January 4, 1962, was a troubled man who dealt with serious bouts of depression by turning to drugs and alcohol. At his healthiest, however, he was the lead singer, bassist, and chief songwriter for the unique Type O Negative. His pain, sorrow, and misery came out in many of their original songs, including “Bloody Kisses”, “Everything Dies”, “Christian Woman”, and “September Sun”.
The New York City goth band also arranged some very memorable covers of some well know songs, including “Cinnamon Girl” by Neil Young, “Hit Me Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana, and the most satanic and gothic version of “Black Sabbath” (by Black Sabbath) ever to hit the airwaves.
There were unconfirmed rumors at one point of Steele’s death after the band website posted an image of a tombstone bearing his name and the dates 1962-2005. However, it was just a publicity stunt to commemorate the signing with SPV Records. This go around, however, his death has been confirmed by family members and appears to be quite genuine.
Rest in peace, Peter Steele. You brought a lot of great music into this world, and my life, and I will sorely miss your special talent and the awesome imprint you made on the world of rock and roll.