It’s true, it’s not a joke, it’s sad news. I hope that wherever he is, Putnam is being as irreverent and humorous as he was in life.
As written by Blabbermouth today:
ANAL CUNT‘s publicist, Kim Kelly of Catharsis PR, has confirmed via Twitter that the band’s frontman, Seth Putnam, died earlier today (Saturday, June 11) of a suspected heart attack. He was 43 years old.
Putnam was known for his brutal screaming and lyrics that either shock, offend, or invoke morbid humor. Throughout his career, Putnam was involved in many side projects, including providing backing vocals onPANTERA‘s “The Great Southern Trendkill” album.
Putnam was born on May 15, 1968, in or around Boston, Massachusetts to father Edward R. Putnam and mother Barbara Ann Donohue. Both he and his parents are divorced.
In the mid-1980s, Putnam played bass in the thrash metal bandEXECUTIONER.
On October 12, 2004, Putnam was hospitalized after ingesting two months’ worth of Ambien sleeping pills. It was reported that he spent the previous day contemplating suicide, although exact circumstances surrounding the drug overdose are vague.
Putnam‘s reaction to the irony of his having been in a coma after previously writing the song “You’re In A Coma” was published in theBoston Phoenix. “Actually, it turned out it was just as gay as the song I wrote nine years ago — being in a coma was just as fuckin’ stupid as I wrote it was,” he was quoted as saying.
And many kudos to ANAL CUNT’s publicist, the lovely Kim Kelly. She wrote of this event:
I want to remind everyone that no matter how outrageous and controversial his musical career has been, Seth was still a human being with friends and family that loved him. I’m hoping that the internet will remember that. This is a very sad and trying time for those that knew him, and the last thing they need to see is an outpouring of messageboard hate. The man lived and died by his own rules; if anything, respect him for that.
Rest in Peace, Seth.