The metal community lost another member last weekend, when Kevin Imor, who fronted a number of metal bands including Arch Demon Choir, Witches of Moodus, and the awesomely-named Splatter Pattern, died at the age of 45.
Imor — who was also a guitar tech for New Jersey’s Whiplash and lived in Clifton, New Jersey — died in what Blabbermouth reports was an apparent drowning on September 25 in the Moodus Reservoir, a lake in Middlesex County in the state of Connecticut.
“Kevin was a large part of our lives,” commented Whiplash’s Tony Portaro. “He toured the world with Whiplash as my guitar tech. I was lucky and honored to join him in the Splatter Pattern video shoot two weeks ago. He was scheduled to split the vocals with me and return to my studio on Sunday to record my single, ‘Thrashing Halloween.’ On Saturday we were shocked to hear that he had passed in a drowning accident in a lake in Moodus, Connecticut.”
Portaro expressed Whiplash’s “sincere condolences” to Imor’s family, friends, band mates, “and all whose lives he touched.” According to local media, it’s believed Imor was trying to swim out to an island in the middle of the lake and was familiar with the area, as his parents had owned a summer home there. Witnesses say they saw Imor go under the water but he never resurfaced. His body was found several hours later by rescue teams dispatched to rescue him.
Our thoughts are also with Imor’s family and friends. This fucking sucks. I can’t even imagine how terrifying that must have been for him to experience. Sad.
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