RIP Peter Steele

I read it on Twitter first but since there was only the one tweet and a quick check on Wikipedia this morning didn’t confirm it, I ruled it off as a rumour. But no, here it is. Rocker Peter Steele was found dead of heart failure.

Steele was the bassist, vocalist & main composer for Type O’Negative, a doom laden gothic metal band. At this moment it is not know if his previous substance abuse issues had any cause in his heart failure. Steele has spent time in rehab and even a psych ward as a result of his substance addiction.

He was also famous for his size – at 6ft 7in – and his low bass voice, perfect for his image & sound as the lead singer of a goth band. If you google his name and search for pics, like I did today for this post, you’d also get to know that Steele also gained notoriety for his Playgirl cover & spread where he is naked in several shots, holding his hogger in his hands, which is impressively almost as big as his bass guitar!

Last but not least the controversial frontman of mixed lineage (Icelandic, Russian, Polish & English) also stated in a 2007 interview that he saw himself as a Roman Catholic, after years of being an atheist (perhaps that initiated his doom).

Petrus T. Ratajczyk aka Peter Steele (January 4, 1962 – 14 April, 2010)

Arsenal 1 Tottenham Hotspurs 2

With a 2-1 win, local rivals Tottenham Hotspurs all but ended Arsenal’s slim chances of winning the English league title. Spurs’ Premier League debutant Danny Rose crashed a sublime 30-yard volley past Manuel Almunia after 10 minutes. Gareth Bale tapped in Spurs’ second from six yards after Jermain Defoe’s pass, only a minute after half-time. Heurelho Gomes made three stunning saves to keep out Arsenal before Nicklas Bendtner pulled a goal back.

But it was not enough to prevent Tottenham recording their first league win over their arch rivals since November 1999 – a run of 20 games. Both Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and Spurs manager Harry Redknapp admitted prior to the match that anything other than victory would end their hopes of achieving their respective targets this season. After 34 games played and just 4 remaining out of the schedule, Arsenal are in 3rd place with 71 points. Chelsea are top with 77 and in second comes Man Utd with 73 points. Spurs are in 4th place with 61 points, just a point behind Man City.

Senators 5 Penguins 4

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Quaterfinals. Ottawa Senators 5 Pittsburgh Penguins 4.

Led by an unlikely group of heroes, the Ottawa Senators delivered a shocking blow to the defending-champion Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena Wednesday night.

The line of Chris Kelly, Chris Neil and Jarkko Ruutu each scored a goal, combining for six points, while Erik Karlsson and Peter Regin had goals in their playoff debuts to give the Senators a 5-4 victory over Sidney Crosby and the Penguins in Game 1. Ottawa goalie Brian Elliott pick up his first post-season victory. He only had to make 17 saves, but it wasn’t easy.

Game 2 is on Friday.