Former Death Manager Eric Grief Has Died
Eric Grief, an entertainment lawyer and manager best known for his work with Death, has passed away. He battled diabetes for most of his life and was in search of a kidney donor in recent months.
Eric was responsible for the continued legacy of Death as well as late frontman Chuck Schuldiner, who died in 2001. He spearheaded a number of reissue and merch initiatives in recent years as well as the Death to All tours that saw an all-star cast of musicians, including many ex members of the band, pay tribute to Death in the live setting.
MetalSucks had the pleasure of working with Grief on a number of occasions over the years. Those interactions and projects were always smooth sailing, and we found Eric to be courteous, kind and thoughtful.
The news broke on Saturday, October 30, via Death’s social media:
“The world has lost an absolute warrior and proponent for metal and music in general. Eric was first introduced into my life as a child when he was chucks manager and friend then later on in my late twenties when we met in Philadelphia to strike up a deal with relapse records to finally give chucks legacy a proper home. All of you are enjoying chucks music on all of these wonderful platforms and releases now because of this man. Eric was average in physical stature but once he opened his mouth there was no doubt he was a giant. He was a loving father and one of the most articulate and interesting men I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. Please keep his mother and children in your thoughts. The art of existence is fragile indeed…..
On behalf of everyone at MetalSucks, we wish Eric’s family and friends all the best during this time.