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Punk Legend Howie Pyro Dies at 61, Cause of Death Revealed as Fans Pay Tribute

The punk rocker, Howie Pyro is no longer with us. He died at the age of 61. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the musician. Read the article further to know more about the cause of his death.

What was the cause of Pyro’s death?

Howie’s representative confirmed in a statement that he passed away at the age of 61 on May 4, 2022, due to complications from COVID-19-related pneumonia following a liver transplant and liver disease. Losing a loved one is never easy, we send lots of strength and light to his friends and family during this difficult time.

Pyro is survived by his sister Robin Hartmann, Rory and Leah Hartmann, former wife Andrea Kusten Matthews, and many cousins. His family has requested that all those who wish to pay tribute to him can consider donating to the UCLA Division of Liver and Pancreas Transplantation.

The bass player will be laid to rest at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. He will always be remembered by his fans for the great legacy he has left behind.

Howie worked with many artists throughout his musical career

Pyro was born on June 28, 1960, he was the founding member of both The Blessed and D Generation. He was a DJ at the Green Door parties. He was a part of the New York City punk scene in the 1970s as a member of the underage band the Blessed, who played Max’s Kansas City and CBGB.

In the past, Howie collaborated with many artists including Danzig, Johnny Thunders, Rancid, Joey Ramone, the Misfits, Debbie Harry, Alan Vega, and Kid Congo Powers.

How did the fans react to the sad news?

As soon as the news of Howie’s passing away came out, the fans couldn’t stop themselves from paying tributes to him on the social media platform Twitter.

One user wrote, “Gone but never forgotten. The real thing is very rare. HOWIE PYRO was & remains that. Many tears will be shed tonight. Many guitars will stand in the corner.. RIP”

Another user tweeted, “rest in peace howie pyro. one of the coolest, sweetest and most sincerely awesome humans ever. condolences to all that knew and love him.”

Followed by a user who penned, “Howie Pyro has left us. Watch a fucking awesome monster movie and blast some great music in his memory today.❤️” #HowiePyro #RIPHowiePyro

Another user wrote, “Unreal. The world lost a great musician , a beautiful human being and a professor of musical knowledge. It’s tragic to see one our own go so soon. Bless ya @howiepyro I hope you find your way to a gigantic record store in the sky.” #danzig #dgemeration #danzigfamily

One user wrote, “So sad to hear about Howie Pyro passing. Such a cool person. Love to all who loved him.”

These were a few reactions of the fans to the demise of Pyro. We send our deepest condolences to the close friends and family of Howie Pyro during this hard time. Don’t forget to stay tuned with us for the latest updates from the world of showbiz.

Meenal Mehta
Hi, I am Meenal. I'm a travel enthusiast, a movie buff and a cricket fan all wrapped in one. I love to capture moments through my words. Writing is my happy space, it has been a great way of putting all my thoughts out and feel liberated.
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