Longtime Twisted Sister drummer A.J. Pero has passed away, the heavy-metal act announced in a statement today. It is believed he died of a heart attack.
“Today, I lost a brother,” frontman Dee Snider said. “Anthony Jude Pero passed away. A.J. was the final piece in a band that would become an international sensation and one of the greatest live rock acts to ever hit the stage. His sledgehammer assault on the drums helped drive Twisted Sister and me to greatness and inspired me to rock every single show. My heart breaks knowing I will never feel the power of his beat behind me, or turn to see his face smiling broadly from the sheer joy he got from doing what he loved. I will always remember that smile. R.I.P., my friend.”
Read the full story with more from the band courtesy of Rolling Stone here.