Peter Steele dead for real? For real.

According to the, and Fuse TV’s Mistress Juliya, Peter Steele, aged 48, has died from a heart failure. TYPE O NEGATIVE’s bassist, Kenny Hickey, has been said to have confirmed the passing to Juliya, who broke the news on Twitter earlier today.

Peter Steele, born Petrus T. Ratajczyk on January 4, 1962, was no stranger to death (nor lowbrow humor). The Brooklyn native caused murmur in 2005 when TYPE O NEGATIVE’s website was graced with an image of a tombstone, bearing Peter’s name.

TYPE O NEGATIVE released seven full-lengths. The band found great success with their 1993 album BLOODY KISSES. Major international mainstream success came in the form of 1996’s OCTOBER RUST album. The single “My Girlfriend’s Girlfriend” graced music channels and video charts everywhere. Peter Steele was also known for his thrash crossover outfit Carnivore.

Update: It appears that this time around, it’s no joke. Josh Silver, TYPE O NEGATIVE’s keyboardist has confirmed Peter Steele’s death to We here at would like to pass our condolences to Peter’s family and friends. May he carry on through his music.