Randy Blythe Continues to be a Total Mensch, Meets Daniel Nosek’s Family
I am now fully convinced that Randy Blythe is pretty much the best dude ever. He didn’t complain after spending weeks in prison for manslaughter charges in the Czech Republic; then he willingly returned to that country for his trial; and after being acquitted, he met with the family of Daniel Nosek, the nineteen-year-old fan who suffered fatal injuries at a 2010 LoG show. He posted the below photo and message on his Instagram account earlier today:
“I am leaving Prague now- I hope not to return for a long while. This has nothing to do with this city, the people who live here, or the Czech Republic itself at all. This is a wonderful place, & many people have been kind to me. Not a single soul here has been rude or mean to me at all, nor done me any harm- in fact it is quite the opposite. I have grown to love this city, for it is a marvelous, magical town. I encourage everyone to come visit here, to see this lovely country. But for me it is a place of great sadness. While I am relieved that my innocence was proven & apparently I shall not be going to prison, I am in no way shape or form a happy man right now. The small inconveniences I have been through since my arrest are not noteworthy. People go through much worse daily & still keep a smile on their faces, but currently my smiles are far & few between. A young man is still dead, & his family still suffers. Please remember that fact. This family did no wrong, & have shown me great kindness- with silence, with actions, & finally with words- they spoke on my behalf to the court, & we had a private talk afterwards. All I will say about that is that they were very kind to me & displayed the utmost strength & class, & wished me a good life. They just want to get on with their lives the best they can. I wish them only the best, & will keep them in my thoughts & prayers. Please do the same- think good thoughts of them & healing thoughts for them. Trust me, they are good people, & I mean that from the bottom of my heart. They did NOTHING wrong. This picture is from Kutna Hora, at the Sedlec Ossuary. I was there yesterday- like Prague, it is an amazing place. About this city, Kafka wrote: ‘Prague doesn’t let go…This old crone has claws. One has to yield, or else.’ I have found this to be true. I am yielding, I am leaving a part of myself here, I think. Some bit of me will always roam these streets at night, & that is only fitting. Now I will go home & try to see what good I can make come out the destruction that occurred here- it is the only correct thing to do. Rest in peace, Daniel Nosek.”
That Blythe took time to meet with Nosek’s family is obviously noteworthy in and of itself; that he considers this whole ordeal a “small inconvenience” puts him just a few miracles shy of sainthood. Most of us — myself included — get much more worked up about far lesser dramas. We could all learn a thing or two from Randy’s example.
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