Singer-songwriter, musicianDied when: 48 years 100 days (579 months)
Star Sign: Capricorn
Petrus Thomas Ratajczyk (January 4, 1962 – April 14, 2010), known professionally as Peter Steele, was an American musician, singer, and songwriter.He was best known as the lead vocalist, bassist and composer of the gothic metal band Type O Negative.
Before forming Type O Negative, Steele had created the metal group Fallout and the thrash band Carnivore.As the frontman for Type O Negative, Steele was known for his vampiric appearance, 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) stature, rich bass vocals, and a dark, often self-deprecating sense of humor.
His lyrics have been described as "often intensely personal, dealing with subjects including love, loss and addiction." Steele credited Black Sabbath and the Beatles as his key musical influences.
He has been listed among the "66 Best Hard Rock and Metal Frontmen of All Time" by Loudwire.