When A.J. Pero died last month, he not only left behind tons of fans but a girlfriend of 19 years and a daughter, who is 14.
The 55-year-old Twisted Sister drummer died March 20 while on tour with Adrenaline Mob. It appears he had a massive heart attack, which will likely be the way I go when my time comes.
A.J.’s lady, Michele Agnello, has launched a crowdfunding campaign for Pero’s daughter, Brianna, here.
“Brianna was [A.J.’s] sunshine,” says the campaign. “When he was not traveling and working as a world-renowned rock star in Twisted Sister and Adrenaline Mob, he was just her dad. When he was home, they did everything together. She was his shadow; he was her whole world. He was and always will be the love of our lives.”
Turns out A.J. had no will, and since he was not married to Michele, “we are left with nothing and the bills are starting to pour in already this month. I have been unemployed for several years now due to an accident that left me disabled with two broken elbows and subsequently rods had to be implanted. I am asking for your assistance in helping us so I can get my daughter through this incredibly heartbreaking and difficult time in our lives.”
Fuck, man. That sucks. My heart — black as it is — goes out to them.
“With my head held low and my heart completely shattered, I ask for your help so we can keep our home, I can feed my daughter and buy her clothes until I find a job to support us. Anything you can spare would be greatly appreciated,” Michele writes.
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