The drummer had been suffering from "advanced heart disease"
Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider has confirmed drummer AJ Pero’s cause of death.
Writing on Twitter, Snider stated that his bandmate passed away last week as the result of a “Massive heart attack.” He added that Pero had been suffering from “Advanced heart disease.” The musician’s wake takes place this Wednesday (March 25) in New York.
AJ Pero was 55. In a statement, Snider commented: “AJ was the final piece in a band that would become an international sensation and one of the greatest live rock acts to ever hit the stage. His sledgehammer assault on the drums helped drive Twisted Sister and I to greatness and inspired me to rock every single show. My heart breaks knowing I will never feel the power of his beat behind me, or turn to see his face smiling broadly from the sheer joy he got from doing what he loved. I will always remember that smile.”
News of the passing of the member of the hair metal band was announced on their official website. “The members of Twisted Sister are profoundly saddened to announce the untimely passing of our brother, AJ Pero,” read a statement. “The band, crew and most importantly the family of AJ Pero thank you for your thoughts and prayers at this time.”
The drummer – full name Anthony Jude Pero – was born in Staten Island, New York in 1959. He joined Twisted Sister in 1982 and also played with the bands Cities, Circle Of Thorns and Adrenaline Mob. He left Twisted Sister in 1986, but had been playing with the reformed group since 1997.
Pero appeared on the first four Twisted Sister albums, ‘Under the Blade’ (1982), ‘You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll’ (1983), ‘Stay Hungry’ (1984) and ‘Come Out and Play’ (1985). The drummer who preceded Pero in the band, Richard Teeter, died in 2012.