An attack on the band's website means that they are not able to grant a terminally ill fan's dying wish...
HELL ON EARTH’s controversial Internet broadcast which was set to feature a terminally ill fan commit suicide live onstage, was cancelled at the weekend, allegedly due to an ‘attack’ on the band’s website.
The fan wanted to raise awareness for dignified death through suicide at the industrial metallers’ concert.
Website operator Jason Trinidade said that they had suffered a denial of service attack, by being flooded with data.
Hell On Earth’s singer Billy Tourtelot told the Associated Press that the concert did take place though admitted that he did not know whether or not the suicide had happened, as it was planned for a separate location.
As previously reported on NME.COM the fan, who had to remain nameless for legal reasons, planned to take their life on October 4 at St Petersburg’s State Theatre.
St Petersburg City Council were granted an emergency injunction last Thursday that forbade Hell On Earth from going ahead with the performance, regardless of whether the suicide would take place.
A local venue was then lined up for the gig, though was latter cancelled by the theatre’s owner for fear of copycat suicides.
Tourtelot told Rolling Stone: “I support the right to die with dignity. I got an email a few weeks ago from this person, who is a fan of the band and who stated an interest in doing this.”
The fan issued a press release last month (September 15) saying: “I thank the Lord that Hell on Earth is giving me this opportunity to end my suffering. I just want to say as my last will and testament that this is my God-given choice to end my life.”
They added: “I’d prefer to have a physician-assisted suicide but until the laws are changed, those who are in pain like me will either have to continue to suffer or do it themselves.”
If the suicide did take place, it could lead to a maximum of 15 years in prison for the band. Hell On Earth could face secondary felony charges for assisting in the commission of self-murder.