Joe Fay, Son Of Godsmack Guitarist Tony Rombola Dead At 34

LAWRENCE, MA. (THECOUNT) — Godsmack frontman, Sully Erna, issued a sad statement announcing the death of guitarist Tony Rombola’s son, Joe Fay.

Fay passed away at the age of 34, causing the rock band to postponed their fall 2018 Europe tour, to give Rombola time to mourn.

Rombola, 53, performed with Godsmack during the band’s set at the Aftershock festival in Sacramento, California, over the weekend, which marked their last North American date of 2018.

Sully Erna: “With my deepest regrets, and on behalf of our guitarist Tony and his wife Sue, I am personally writing this message to all of our fans worldwide to inform you that Tony and his family have suffered a loss that no parent should ever have to endure.

Tony and Sue’s son Joe Fay passed away last week, unexpectedly, at the young age of 34. He was one of the kindest and most humble guys I had ever met. And most importantly, he was a FAN. Just like all of you. He literally lived the success of Godsmack through his Dad. He was always so excited and proud just to be around all of us, and we will all miss him deeply.

As we await more information on how this happened, we humbly ask that you respect Tony and his family’s privacy as they take time to process this and heal.

We appreciate all of your patience, prayers and support in this very trying time. And I promise you, we ARE coming back bigger and stronger in the beginning of 2019, and we WILL honor all of these tour dates in Europe and across this globe. So be ready!” Continue reading

KS Body Found Tuesday Near Westloop Place Manhattan Business District Identified

MANHATTAN, KS. (THECOUNT) — David Howe, of Manhattan has been identified as the body found by the Riley Co. Police Department last week in west Manhattan, Kansas.

The body of Howe, 64, was found Tuesday in the 1100 block of Westloop Pl, in Manhattan, KS. A cause of death was not provided.

Official did said that foul play did not appear be a factor in the death without further elaboration.

Investigators identified him as David Howe, of Manhattan. They added the 64-year-old’s death was not suspicious. Continue reading

VA Men Joe Wooden Alex Allen ID’d As Victims In Tuesday Hopewell Double-Murder

HOPEWELL, VA. (THECOUNT) — Two people killed in a double murder in Hopewell, VA, have been identified as Joseph Darnell Wooden, 31, and Alexander Allen III, 23.

The double-fatal incident occurred in the 100 block of Ruth Harris Street on Tuesday.

Police have said there is no outstanding threat to the general public. Continue reading

HALESTORM Lzzy Hale Speaks Out On Aug 14 Passing Of HUNTRESS Singer Jill Janus

PORTLAND, OR. (THECOUNT) — HALESTORM frontwoman Lzzy Hale is speaking out on the death of HUNTRESS singer, Jill Janus. Janus passed away on Tuesday, August 14, and now Hale has called for improved awareness around mental health following the musician’s tragic death.

Earlier today, Hale took to her Instagram page to write: “It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to one of our peers. Jill Janus, has died today.”

“Jill was very open about her struggles with mental health and addiction. Now, more than ever, spanning across every age group, the suicide rate is extremely high.

“I’d like to take a moment to state again how important it is to talk about mental health, and remind all of you out there battling demons that you are not alone. I have to navigate my own dark labyrinth and I turn to music and writing for my lifeline. I want to encourage you to keep searching for your lifeline, something that makes you happy. It doesn’t matter if no one gets it but you… that’s okay!

“We need to stop trying to live up to expectations that society places in front of us to make us feel unworthy of love, beauty and success. We need to stop comparing ourselves to others. We need to stop trying to be ‘normal.’ And we need to stop being quiet about our mental well-being. Continue reading

CO Woman ID’d As Body Found Monday In East Boulder Dog Park Pond

BOULDER, CO. (THECOUNT) — Marguerite Banker, of Boulder, Colorado, has been identified as the body found in an east Boulder pond on Monday.

Banker, 33, was named by the Boulder County Coroner’s Office as the body found Monday after family member reported her missing when she didn’t show up for an appointment.

Banker had planned to go fishing at the pond, which is adjacent to East Boulder Dog Park in the East Boulder Recreation Center, earlier Monday, according to the family member. Continue reading

OK Woman Brittany DeVerges, 26, Found Shot Dead INSIDE Pawnee County Jail Cell

PAWNEE COUNTY, OK. (THECOUNT) — Agents with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation are trying to explain exactly how a young woman, arrested for public drunkenness, was found shot dead hours later in her jail cell Tuesday afternoon.

Brittany Weide DeVerges, 26, was arrested 3 a.m. Tuesday for public intoxication and possession of paraphernalia, and transported to the Pawnee County Jail.

Authorities say they checked on the young woman around 10:30 a.m. and determined that she needed to remain in the Oklahoma detox cell for an extended period of time.

At 12 p.m., officials say DeVerges was found deceased in her jail cell after suffering an apparent gunshot wound to the chest. A handgun was located on her stomach, authorities said.

Officials with the OSBI say the evidence indicates that DeVerges sneaked the weapon into the jail on her person. Continue reading

“Señor Sack” Gabe Rivera Texas Tech Legend Dies In San Antonio Hospital

LUBBOCK, TX. (THECOUNT) — Iconic defensive lineman Gabriel “Gabe” Rivera, died in a San Antonio hospital after being admitted while suffering from a perforated bowel.

Rivera, 57, attended Texas Tech University from 1979 to 1982 and was destine for the NFL, being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers, but was involved in a car accident that paralyzed him and sidelined his career.

He earned the nickname ‘Senor Sack’ while racking up 321 tackles, 34 tackles for loss, and 14 sacks. Rivera earned All-American honors before being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers, in the first round, in 1983. But, his pro football career ended when he was paralyzed in a crash, later that year. Continue reading

NC Founder Noah’s Nook Boo-Tique Wanda Best ID’d As Drowning Victim Found Dead By Husband In Family Pool

LA GRANGE, NC. (THECOUNT) — La Grange woman, Wanda Best, has been identified as the home drowning victim Friday night.

Best, 65, was spending a night at home with her husband, Donald, when he left the residence for a short period of time to pick up food. Upon his return, he says, he found his wile face down in the backyard pool of their La Grange home.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and EMS responded to a drowning at a home in La Grange Friday night.

Just before 10 p.m.officers arrived at 1961 East New Hope Road and found the woman unresponsive, lying on the deck of the pool and began CPR, deputies said. Their efforts were unsuccessful. The woman, identified as 65-year-old Wanda Best, was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman’s husband told officials he earlier left the home to get food and when he returned he could not find his wife inside the home. Continue reading

AL Man Christopher Michael Chambers Arrested In Guntersville Mulberry St Double-Murder

GUNTERSVILLE, AL. (THECOUNT) — Christopher Michael Chambers, of Marshall Country, AL., has been taken in custody after being named as a “person of interest,” in a horror Friday Guntersville double-murder.

Chambers, 30, was taken into custody late Friday. At about 12:30 a.m. Saturday, police said they were still processing him and that charges were pending.

A call came in around 4:30 p.m. Friday about a death on Mulberry Street. Police discovered two people dead inside the home. It was determined to be a double homicide. While at the first home, officers were told that no one had heard from a neighbor across the street. Officers went to do a welfare check and discovered the person in that house was also dead. That death has not been classified as a homicide. Continue reading

Illinois Pair Found Dead In Chicago Garage Identified As Maryilu Padilla-Vazquez & Jaime Mouricepan Ora

CHICAGO, IL. (THECOUNT) — The two people found dead in a garage on Chicago’s Northwest side, have been identified as Maryilu Padilla-Vazquez and Jaime Mouricepan Ora.

Police say Padilla-Vazquez, 31, and Ora, 34, were found deceased in a garage located in the 4100 block of North Mozart Street, Chicago, IL., about 4 p.m. Tuesday. Police noted, one decedent was located inside a vehicle and the other decedent was located outside the automobile.

Police said the pair did not appear to have occupied the garage for very long before that fatal accident happened. Police did not elaborate as to how they assumed that timeline.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office on Wednesday identified the pair as Maryilu Padilla-Vazquez, 31, of the 6100 block of South 76th Avenue in Summit; and Jaime Mouricepan Ora, 34, of the 6100 block of North Talman Avenue. Continue reading