Trevor Strnad, Black Dahlia Murder singer, dead at 41

Trevor Strnad, the lead singer for the metal band The Black Dahlia Murder, has died, the band confirmed on social media. He was 41.

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The band shared the news of the musician’s death in a statement on its Instagram account. The band’s label, Metal Blade Records, also confirmed Strnad’s death Wednesday.

“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.”

No cause of death was provided, Rolling Stone reported. Surviving members shared the contact information for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, according to the magazine.

The band, based in Michigan, took its name from the unsolved murder of actress Elizabeth Smart, often referred to as Black Dahlia, Rolling Stone reported. Smart’s body was found in Los Angeles on Jan. 15, 1947, according to the FBI.

The band formed in 2000, and Strnad was part of the original lineup that released the 2001 demo, “What A Horrible Night To Have A Curse,” New Musical Express reported.

The singer also appeared on all of the band’s records over the past two decades, including “Unhallowed” (2003), “Miasma” (2005), “Nocturnal” (2007), “Deflorate” (2009), “Ritual” (2011), “Everblack” (2013), “Abysmal” (2015), “Nightbringers” (2017) and “Verminous” (2020), according to New Musical Express.

The band was scheduled to tour later this year, including a performance on May 20 at the Welcome to Rockville Festival in Daytona Beach, Florida, according to Rolling Stone.

Note: If you or someone you know is thinking of harming themselves, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free support at 1-800-273-8255. Beginning July 16, 2022, U.S. residents can also be connected to the Lifeline by dialing 988. For more about risk factors and warning signs, visit the organization’s official website.

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