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Peter Steele; at 48; fronted metal group Type O Negative

In 2003, Peter Steele performed with Type O Negative at a huge heavy metal festival in Finland. In 2003, Peter Steele performed with Type O Negative at a huge heavy metal festival in Finland. (Ville Myllynen/AFP/Getty Images)
Associated Press / April 17, 2010

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NEW YORK — Peter Steele, the frontman and bassist for the heavy metal group Type O Negative, has died.

The announcement was posted on the band’s website on Thursday.

A statement from his family said he had been suffering from an illness.

Mr. Steele, 48, had been the leader of the Brooklyn-based band, which expressed dark themes with its music. He had battled substance abuse, but the band said he had triumphed over his addictions.

The band said in a statement that “Peter had been enjoying a long period of sobriety and improved health and was imminently due to begin writing and recording new music.’’

Mr. Steele made an appearance in the HBO series “Oz’’ and in the film “Bad Acid.’’

The band’s website did not indicate where he died. It said funeral services will be private.