Metal Celebrities React to the Death of Ralph Santolla


The world of extreme music continues to reel from the loss of Ralph Santolla, current or former guitarist for such notable acts as Deicide, Obituary, Death, Sebastian Bach, and Devil’s Highway. Santolla fell into a coma following a heart attack last week, and was taken off of life support yesterday. He was only 48-years-old.

Below, MetalSucks has collected tributes and recollections from Santolla’s past bandmates, as well as other notable members of the metal community. We will update this post as tributes continue to come in.

Sebastian Bach

Richard Christy (Death, Charred Walls of the Damned)

Michael Amott (Arch Enemy)

Tim “Ripper” Owens (ex-Judas Priest, Charred Walls of the Damned)

Orange Goblin

Jasmin St. Claire

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