Steve Grimmett of heavy metal band Grim Reaper dies aged 62

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Steve Grimmett, the singer who fronted British heavy metal band Grim Reaper from the early 1980s, has died aged 62, according to published information.

The Guardian reported Grimmett’s death on Tuesday and quoted confirmation on social media from Grimmett’s son, Russ Grimmett: “We can’t begin to put the current feelings into words. But since dad was so well known, the news is starting to come sooner than we would have liked. Sadly, our father passed away today and leaves a huge hole in the world and in our hearts.

The cause of death was not known. According to The Guardian, Grimmett suffered a health crisis in 2017 which resulted in the partial amputation of a leg, but he recovered and continued to tour with Grim Reaper.

Grim Reaper were considered part of the new wave of British heavy metal, alongside bands such as Iron Maiden, Motorhead and Judas Priest. The band had modest commercial success hampered by legal troubles in the 1980s; later several of his songs—”See You in Hell”, “Fear No Evil” and “Rock You to Hell”—were featured on episodes of “Beavis & Butt-Head”.

The band had a hiatus that lasted from the late 80s until their reformation in 2006. They have been touring and recording since then, appearing at numerous heavy music festivals.

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