Trevor Strnad was the founding lead vocalist of the melodic death metal band the Black Dahlia Murder. The melodic death metal band was based out of Waterford, Michigan and was formed in 2001. We’re sad to report the tragic news of Trevor’s passing.
Trevor was 41-years-old at the time of his passing. The band broke the tragic news on its social media platforms on Wednesday, May 11. It’s a sad day for the music world.
The statement on Instagram and Facebook began with “It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Trevor Scott Strnad.” The surviving members of the band went on to call Strnad “a walking encyclopedia of all things music.” The statement also said,
“He was a hugger, a writer, and truly one of the world’s greatest entertainers. His lyrics provided the world with stories and spells and horror and whimsy. It was his life to be your show”
An official cause of death was not disclosed, but the band did include the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255) at the conclusion of the statement. The band’s name is derived from the 1947 murder of 22-year-old Elizabeth Short, also known as the Black Dahlia, which has evolved into one of the oldest cold cases in Los Angeles.
As the years went on the band was faced with a number of lineup changes. Up until his death it was Strnad and guitarist Brian Eschbach who were the last of the original members. Along with Eschbach, the surviving members also include bassist Max Lavelle, drummer Alan Cassidy and lead guitarist Brandon Ellis.
Our thoughts are with his fans, family, and friends at this time. He will be missed. RIP