Twisted Sister Drummer AJ Pero Dead At 55
Twisted Sister drummer AJ Pero has passed away at the young age of 55-years-old, according to the band’s Facebook page.
They announced the news with the following statement:
The members of Twisted Sister are profoundly saddened to announce the untimely passing of our brother, AJ Pero.
The band, crew and most importantly the family of AJ Pero thank you for your thoughts and prayers at this time.
The band’s frontman, Dee Snider, followed up the news with his own statement:
“Today I lost a brother. Anthony Jude Pero passed away. A.J. was the final piece in a band that would become an international sensation and one of the greatest live rock acts to ever hit the stage. His sledgehammer assault on the drums helped drive Twisted Sister and I to greatness and inspired me to rock every single show. My heart breaks knowing I will never feel the power of his beat behind me, or turn to see his face smiling broadly from the sheer joy he got from doing what he loved. I will always remember that smile. RIP my friend.”
Pero was found unresponsive on a tour bus in Poughkeepsie, New York. He was taken to the hospital where he was said to have passed away from a heart attack.
Jay Jay French, a fellow member of Twisted Sister, tells TMZ … Pero was touring with the band Adrenaline Mob when he was found in the bus, but would not wake up. The band called 911 and paramedics rushed him to a nearby hospital … but he didn’t make it.
Pero was on tour with his friends in Adrenaline Mob when he passed away. His fellow bandmate Jay Jay French said:
“AJ Pero was a force, the likes of which I doubt I will ever have the chance to play in front of again. His drumming was legendary but his heart, as a human being, was even greater.
This April 1st would have been his 32nd year as a member.
In the Twisted Sister world he was always affectionately known as “the new guy”. That is how long and deep our history was/is.
In our hearts he will always be the engine that drove the train. I loved him and today my heart has been ripped out. RIP”
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