Trevor Strnad: who was Black Dahlia Murder singer – is cause of death known?

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The band took to social media to confirm the singer’s passing, describing him as “a brother, best friend and one of the funniest, most entertaining people to walk the earth.”

Death metal band The Black Dahlia Murder have confirmed that their lead singer and one of the group’s original founding members Trevor Strnad has died at the age of 41.

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Black Dahlia Murder lead guitarist Brandon Ellis has described Strnad as “a champion of the whole culture of heavy music” and an “icon and legend”.

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Strnad was the lead singer of the American death metal band The Black Dahlia Murder, formed in 2001.

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In addition to Strnad, the band’s current line-up includes rhythm guitarist Brian Eschbach, bassist Max Lavelle, drummer Alan Cassidy and lead guitarist Brandon Ellis. Former members of the band include guitarist John Deering, bassist Mike Schepman and drummer Cory Grady.

Trevor Strnad was the lead singer of Black Dahlia Murder and one of the original founding members (Photo: Instagram/@brandonellisgtr)

The band’s name refers to the unsolved murder of actress Elizabeth Short, often referred to as Black Dahlia, in 1947.

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In 2003, the band signed to Metal Blade Records after releasing a four-track demo and EP and performing at concerts such as the Milwaukee Metal Fest.

The band released their debut full-length album Unholy 2003 followed by their second album miasma 2005 and third album Nocturnal in 2007. Over the course of the band’s career, the group has released nine studio albums – the three previously listed albums and Deflower in 2009, ritual in 2011, Everblack In 2013, Miserable in 2015, nightbringer in 2017 and her ninth studio album vermin in 2020.

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Trevor Strnad of Black Dahlia Murder performs during the 2013 Warped Tour at the PNC Bank Arts Center on July 7, 2013 in Holmdel, New Jersey (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

In conversation with Loudwire 2020 on the impact of the pandemic on the band and his personal life, Strnad said: “I see the world from a different angle here. I’ve never been involved in anything like this before and it’s something that couldn’t have been foreseen.

“The worst may be yet to come and we will see the dark side of humanity and that will affect people’s lyrics, including mine.”

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Strnad was in a relationship with his girlfriend Violet Knox, a model and bassist for the band Moon Lust.

On Instagram, Strnad’s last post three days before his death was a picture of himself and Knox with a black heart emoji in the caption.

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The official Black Dahlia Murder Instagram page announced Strnad’s death on Wednesday (May 11).

The group posted a simple black image and wrote in the caption: “It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Trevor Scott Strnad.

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“Beloved son, brother and shepherd of the good times, he was loved by all who met him. A walking encyclopedia of music.

“He was a hugger, a writer, and truly one of the greatest entertainers in the world. His lyrics provided the world with stories and spells and horrors and whims. It was his life to be your show.

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A cause of death was not officially released publicly, but in the mail confirming his death, the band included the contact number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

The Black Dahlia Murder frontman was 41 years old.

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Tributes to Trevor Strnad

Following news of Strnad’s death, fans and fellow musicians took to Twitter to post their tributes to the singer.

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Black Dahlia Murder lead guitarist Brandon Ellis posted a picture of the group on Instagram with the caption, “I can’t even begin to process this… Full of shock and disbelief. It has been a great honor for me 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 on earth.

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“The life of the party that is The Black Dahlia Murder and whatever room he’s in at the moment.

“A lyrical genius. A champion of the entire heavy music culture.

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“Also my biggest supporter. This man changed my life and believed in me more than I did in myself.

“I can’t believe that with Trevor at the helm there will be no more laughs, no more songs written together or stages decimated.

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“I hope he knew how much he was loved around the world.

“Rest in peace Trevor.”

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