Petrus T. Ratajczyk (January 4, 1962 – April 14, 2010) better known by his stage name Peter Steele, was the lead singer, bassist, and composer for the gothic metal band Type O Negative. Before joining Type O Negative, he played for the metal group Fallout and the thrash band Carnivore.
As the front-man for Type O Negative, Steele was known for his vampiric looks, rich bass-baritone vocals, and a dark, often self-deprecating sense of humor. His lyrics were often intensely personal, dealing with subjects including love, loss and addiction. Steele credited Black Sabbath and The Beatles as his key musical inspirations.
Death of Peter Steele
Peter Steele died of heart failure. 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.
Peter Steele was 48 years old at the time of his death
Type O Negative – Love You To Death (Live)
Peter Steele – Lead Singer & Bass