Trevor Strnad, the frontman of melodic death metal band The Black Dahlia Murder, has died at the age of 41.
The musician’s death was confirmed by the band who shared the news in a statement posted on Instagram on Wednesday (May 11).
“It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Trevor Scott Strnad,” The Black Dahlia Murder wrote. “Beloved son, brother, and Shepard of good times, he was loved by all that met him.”
They continued: “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.”
While no official cause of death has yet been revealed, the band shared the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at the end of their post.
Strnad was a founding member of The Black Dahlia Murder (whose name is derived from the 1947 unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short, often referred to as Black Dahlia) and was part of the Michigan band’s original line-up that released their demo ‘What A Horrible Night To Have A Curse’ in 2001.
He’s appeared on every one of the band’s records over the last two decades: ‘Unhallowed’ (2003), ‘Miasma’ (2005), ‘Nocturnal’ (2007), ‘Deflorate’ (2009), ‘Ritual’ (2011), ‘Everblack’ (2013), ‘Abysmal’ (2015), ‘Nightbringers’ (2017).
The band’s latest release was 2020’s full-length ‘Verminous’.
A number of people have taken to social media to share tributes including The Black Dahlia Murder lead guitarist Brandon Ellis.
“I can not even begin to process this… In total shock and disbelief. It has been my greatest honour 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 and most entertaining people to walk the earth,” he wrote in an Instagram post.
“This man changed my life and believed in me more than I do myself. I can not believe there will no more laughs had, songs written together, or stages decimated with Trevor at the helm. I hope he knew how much he was loved the world over.”
Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta tweeted: “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.”
“metal wouldn’t be what it is today without him. can’t believe it. RIP trevor strnad,” Stray From The Path drummer Craig Reynolds wrote. “every death metal band with two singers only has two singers because neither of them could do what he did.”
Born Of Osiris drummer Cameron Losch tweeted: “Man wtf. Trevor was such a legend and huge musical influence on me growing up. Nicest guy too. My condolences to his family and friends. RIP Trevor Strnad.”
Ice Nine Kills’ Spencer Charnas wrote: “I know he was not the biggest INK fan, but man, was Trevor an amazing vocalist and from what his friends have told me he was a very nice person. RIP Trevor Strnad the metal community has lost one of the greats.”
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
every death metal band with two singers only has two singers because neither of them could do what he did
— craig reynolds (@reynlord) May 11, 2022
Man wtf. Trevor was such a legend and huge musical influence on me growing up. Nicest guy too. My condolences to his family and friends. RIP Trevor Strnad 🖤😢
— Cameron Losch (@Cameron112) May 11, 2022
You can see more tributes below:
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
Our hearts go out to Trevor Strnad’s family and loved ones. He lit up stages and grimy green rooms alike. We were once privileged to see him do so nightly, many years ago during a special time in our young lives. Rest easy old friend. 🖤
— Throwdown (@Throwdown) May 11, 2022
Has there ever been a better death metal lyricist than Trevor Strnad? I really don’t think so. He was the ultimate storyteller, a guy who could put himself in a person’s shoes and tell their twisted tales with a level of eloquence that belied the grisly detail. The GOAT.
— In Keping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 (@theoriginalkep) May 11, 2022
1981 – 2022.
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☎️: 800-273-8255 pic.twitter.com/E5GvlnU9dk
— Ryan J. Downey (@ryandowney) May 11, 2022
I’m absolutely gutted hearing Trevor Strnad has passed on. Idk what i’d be doing music wise if it weren’t for The Black Dahlia Murder’s influence. Dude was super chill and his vocal performance and stage presence were always on point. RIP Legend pic.twitter.com/sn4R9JLgWZ
— someblackguy (@sbgderrick) May 11, 2022
Trevor Strnad, a beacon of bizarre light making the world a more interesting place. He got me & countless others into our favorite bands. Diligently supporting his friends with a crazy smile on his face, and now he’s gone. Fuck.
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— Jono Diener (@jonodiener) May 11, 2022
Trevor Strnad has never been anything but a beacon of positivity, heavy metal knowledge and good times to me. What a massive, massive loss. RIP
— Jackso (@mankvill) May 11, 2022
RIP TREVOR STRNAD. I have never been left speechless by a death like this.
— brad (@BradSeed) May 11, 2022
Fuck me. Trevor Strnad is dead. He was everything. Rest easy dude. pic.twitter.com/Q48BPw1994
— jilted warg (@JerimyWarford) May 11, 2022
RIP Trevor Strnad, that dude supported Hekseblad as far as I know, he follows us on instagram and their bassist was just messaging us the other day about how much he liked our music and what were doing to the scene and sent Trevor over our music video.
— Funeral Frog (@FroskHekse) May 11, 2022
RIP Trevor Strnad. Super good guy. Always made time for fans like me. Always up for a laugh on here. No official cause of death, but the band put out the suicide prevention hotline with the notice. Please reach out to friends and family when life is too hard. We want to help.
— Boogerbeard (@Boogerbeard1) May 11, 2022
Hearing about the death of Trevor Strnad has me reflecting on how much of an influence he has been on my musical career … clearly much more than just a musician and will be missed by so many … tragically young💔💔
— Daniel Winter-Bates 💙🧡 (@DanBuryTomorrow) May 11, 2022
Absolutely Devastating… https://t.co/FgbeaJ4NOL
— Nik Nocturnal (@NikNocturnal) May 11, 2022
This is absolutely devastating.
Our deepest thoughts are with Brian, Alan, Brandon and Max.
Ciao Trevor. pic.twitter.com/HyV5L7JyMh
— Fleshgod Apocalypse (@FApocalypse) 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.
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— saint vitus (@saintvitusbar) May 11, 2022
We’re at a loss for words. Thank you for everything Trevor. Rest in power. The Black Dahlia Murder forever 🖤🤘🏼 pic.twitter.com/XkeCXmXH4o
— Within the Ruins (@withintheruins) May 11, 2022
Shocked and saddened to hear of Trevor Strands passing.
— Johan Hegg 🇺🇦 (@AmonJohan) May 11, 2022
You were the first person to ever ride for us. When we needed someone with a killer voice to bring “Lesions” home, you were the only name on our list. I’ve thanked you a billion times for all this but I wish I got to tell you at least once more how much you changed our lives.
— UNDEATH (@undeathNY) May 11, 2022
Horrible news about a very good dude. Touring with TBDM was always an absolute pleasure and Trevor was a bro. He is and will be very missed.
Trevor Strnad – A hero, supporter and friend. Your place in our music and our scene was extremely vital and will always…
We are absolutely crushed by the passing of our friend and brother Trevor Strnad. Trevor believed in us early on when…
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