Another soul the world misses that left us too soon..
Birth name Peter Thomas Ratajczyk
Also known as Peter Steele; Pete Steele; Lord Petrus Steele
Born January 4, 1962
Origin Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died April 14, 2010 (aged 48)
Genres Gothic metal, doom metal, thrash metal
Occupations Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards
Years active 1979–2010
Labels Roadrunner, SPV America
Associated acts Type O Negative, Carnivore, Fallout
“I’ve always been a very depressed person, but that’s only one side of me, you know. It makes me feel better when I can express my depression, my anger, my frustration through music...sonic therapy.”
In April 2007, Steele revealed that he began identifying himself as Roman Catholic in recent years, after decades of self-professed atheism. In an interview with Decibel magazine, Steele explained:
“There are no atheists in foxholes, they say, and I was a foxhole atheist for a long time. But after going through a midlife crisis and having many things change very quickly, it made me realize my mortality. And when you start to think about death, you start to think about what’s after it. And then you start hoping there is a God. For me, it’s a frightening thought to go nowhere. I also can’t believe that people like Stalin and Hitler are gonna go to the same place as Mother Teresa.”
Peter Steele died of heart failure on April 14, 2010 at the age of 48.
Prior to his death, Steele had been enjoying a long period of sobriety and improved health and was imminently due to begin writing and recording new music. His wake was held at Byrnes Funeral Home in Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn, and he is buried at Saint Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, Long Island. On November 21, 2011, an oak tree was planted in Prospect Park to commemorate Steele.