February 1, 2023


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Who was Trevor Strnad? Black Dahlia Murder singer Passed away at 41

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Trevor Strnad, the lead singer of the melodic death metal band The Black Dahlia Murder, died at the age of 41.

Trevor Strnad, the lead vocalist, and co-founder of the Black Dahlia Murder, passed away at the age of 41. On social media, his bandmates announced his demise. Although no reason was offered, the notice included contact information for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

The group acknowledged his passing in an Instagram message on Wednesday night (11 May 2022).

“It is with great regret that we announce the passing of Trevor Scott Strnad,” the four band members wrote. He was a beloved son, brother, and good-time shepherd who was adored by all who encountered him.

Trevor Strnad
photo by Karen Jerzyk

“He was a hugger, a writer, and certainly one of the world’s finest entertainers. He was a walking encyclopaedia of all things music.” His songs told tales and cast magic, as well as horror and whimsy. It had been his life’s ambition to be on your show.”

While the cause of death has not been confirmed, the message ended with a phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.


The band’s two original members were Strnad and guitarist Brian Eschbach; since its formation in Michigan in 2001, there have been 11 departures.

The Black Dahlia Murder produced a demo called What A Horrible Night To Have A Curse, and their first full album, Unhallowed, reached number one on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart in 2003.

The band has published nine albums over the years, the most recent of which being Verminous, which was released in 2020.


Darkest Hour, a fellow metal band, posted an Instagram photo of Strnad with John Henry, calling him a “total delight to be around.”

“RIP Trevor Strnad, you’ll be missed deeply,” Hatebreed’s lead singer Jamey Jasta tweeted. My heartfelt sympathies go out to TDBM, his family, friends, and fans. Thank you for all of the laughs, tales, music, and more.”

Stray From The Patch drummer Craig Reynolds praised Strnad’s vocal abilities, claiming that other death metal bands have two singers because “none of them could do what he did.”

With a 21-year run, The Black Dahlia Murder exposed many people to the genre, and the unexpected death left many people heartbroken.

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