Steve Grimmett, the frontman of British Heavy Metal outfit GRIM REAPER, has died. He was 62. No cause of death has been announced.
Steve’s passing was confirmed by his brother Mark Grimmett, who wrote on social media: “I don’t really know where to start so I guess I will just come right out with it. It is with great sadness and a very heavy heart that I have to tell you all as many of you know him my very talented brother Steve Grimmett very sadly passed away today, my heart goes out to Millie his wife my Mum and Dad, Russell , Sami and Ethan . I will miss you more than words will ever say , love you bro xx”.
GRIM REAPER producer Max Norman also commented on Grimmett’s death, adding: “Very distressed to hear that old friend and singer for GRIM REAPER, Steve Grimmett has left us… A terrific vocalist, and all around perfect gentleman – you will be missed my friend. Condolences to Mark and Millie and friends and family – a very very sad loss…”
Grimmett’s passing comes more than five years after he had his right leg partially amputated in January 2017 when an infected wound on his foot spread to the bones in his leg partway through the group’s five-week tour of South America. The life-saving surgery was carried out in Ecuador and the frontman was in hospital for just over a month while fans raised $14,000 to bring him home after his insurance company refused to pay because of the type of work he was doing.
Grimmett originally joined GRIM REAPER in 1982. Together, they released three albums — “See You In Hell” (1983), “Fear No Evil” (1985) and “Rock You To Hell” (1987) — before disbanding in 1988. They later reformed in 2006 as Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper. They released two albums under that name: “Walking In The Shadows” (2016) and “At The Gates” (2019). Between 1988 and 2006, Grimmett also fronted the bands ONSLAUGHT and LIONSHEART.
Rest In Peace, Steve … you will be missed …