According to his band, a renowned British heavy metal leader who was 62 years old passed away abruptly and unexpectedly. Rock fans and bands have honoured the star in the wake of the announcement.
According to the band’s social media pages, Steve Grimmett, the frontman of the British heavy metal band Grim Reaper, passed away unexpectedly and suddenly on Monday, August 15 at the age of 62.
Steve’s wife Millie posted on Facebook, “This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to write, but it’s with a heavy & shattered heart to inform that my husband Steve died suddenly & unexpectedly on Monday, August 15th.”
“My love, hold out for me. until we are back together. Millie xxx, your
“The family appreciates all the words we’ve received thus far,” the post said, “but we ask that you give us time to mourn.”
Steve’s brother Mark Grimmett wrote
“Since I’m not sure where to begin, I guess I’ll simply say it out loud. Since many of you are familiar with him, I must inform you all with tremendous grief and a heavy heart that my extremely gifted brother Steve Grimmett died away today.
My thoughts are with Millie, his wife, my mother and father, Russell, Sami, and Ethan. I love you, bro xx, and I will miss you more than I can ever express.
A British heavy metal band from the new wave of British heavy metal era, Grim Reaper was founded in 1979. There have been many lineup changes for the band over the years since guitarist Nick Bowcott started it in Droitwich, England.
After joining the group in 1982, however, leader Steve Grimmett remained the only permanent member. The band had to change its name after reuniting in 2006 for legal reasons, and it has since been known as Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper.
After becoming well-known in the 1990s for their appearance on Beavis and Butthead, Grim Reaper were probably best recognised for the titles of their first three albums: See You in Hell (1983), Fear No Evil (1985), and Rock You to Hell (1987).
Following the announcement of his passing, social media was inundated with tributes
KMan, a rock writer, wrote: “R.I.P.”
Grim Reaper, Onslaught, and Lionsheart by STEVE GRIMMETT, 1962! One more gone! Grimmett’s voice range was well known and easily recognised. Among the best. Metal is having a bad day. My sympathies go out to his family. I’ll see you in hell, buddy. @SteveGrimmett #RIP @KMaN
STEVE GRIMMETT – Grim Reaper/Onslaught/Lionsheart🇬🇧62! Another one gone! Grimmett’s vocal range was highly reknowned; Uniquely identifiable. One of the greats. A sad day for Metal. Condolences to his family. See you in hell, my friend.🙏 #SteveGrimmett #RIP #KMaN pic.twitter.com/Cjye8egPlK
— KMäNriffs (@KManriffs) August 15, 2022
“I discovered the tragic news of Steve Grimmett’s passing this morning. Such a great singer—a great loss. So I’m going to crank this classic all morning. Steve, rest in peace. I’ll always be bummed that our 2004 concert was cancelled. One user on Twitter said, “See you on the other side… #stevegrimmett.”
Woke up this morning to the sad news that Steve Grimmett has passed away. Such a great vocalist and a big loss. So, I’m going to spend my morning cranking this classic. RIP Steve, I’ll always be sad that our gig in 2004 never happened. See you on the other side…😔 #stevegrimmett pic.twitter.com/9tm4cjNiRS
— Steve Wallace ᛋᛄᚹ (@Steve_W_Guitar) August 16, 2022
R.I.P. Steve Grimmett my friend for many years. You be missed. Your music will be missed. Your spirit will be missed. Your humour will be missed. You were kind, smart and a super nice person
I was hoping this was not true
Our condolences to the Grimmett family pic.twitter.com/hfQtua9qgD
— The Metal Voice (@themetalvoice) August 15, 2022
Grimmett’s right leg was notoriously partially amputated in January 2017 during the group’s five-week South American tour as a result of an infection that started on his foot and progressed to the bones in his leg.
$14,000 was raised by fans to bring him home.
Grimmett’s untimely death was announced shortly after another notable artist from South Africa passed away that day.