Blabbermouth got the scoop on this sad bit of news. This is super sad. I hate when anyone dies, but when it is a metal legend, that shit stings even more. Saint Vitus’ management has confirmed to the site that the band’s former drummer, Armando Acosta, died on Thanksgiving at the age of 58.
Acosta was one of the band’s original members; he joined the group in 1979, when they were still operating as Tyrant. Acosta was replaced in 2009 by the band’s current drummer, Henry Vasquez.
It has been known for some time that Acosta had health issues. Saint Vitus guitarist Dave Chandler told The Obelisk last year that Acosta had “some major health problems, and it’s just restricting his playing.”
In a statement, the band confirmed the drummer’s passing, and added “Armando had been struggling with health issues over the years but came back into the Vitus fold for one last hurrah by headlining Roadburn in 2009 and playing a handful of European dates directly after the festival. The December 2010 Saint Vitus tour will be dedicated to our old friend, Armando Acosta.”
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