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Toronto metal icon Ray "Black Metal" Wallace has passed away after being in a coma following a brain aneurysm he suffered on November 15.
Ray managed SACRIFICE in the '80s/'90s and had close ties to Canadian metal legends ANVIL and RAZOR. He was also a local promoter, most recently organizing the original Rock 'N' Roll Heaven reunion party, and was working with Toronto's all-girl powerhouse SCARLET SINS.
Toronto music publicist Paula Danylevich, who had been a friend of Ray's for many years, has issued the following statement:
"It is with an extremely heavy heart and tears in my eyes that I deliver to all of Ray's friends the news we had all hoped we would never hear.
"At midnight tonight, Ray's mother, aunt and cousin, joined by nine of his friends including myself and the chaplin from Toronto Western Hospital held hands around Ray's bedside and prayed one last time for our friend and then said our final goodbyes. We popped the cork on a bottle of champagne and raised a glass to Ray in the waiting room as they prepared him for his journey.
"At 12:15am today Ray was taken to the operating room so that he could give the gift of life to MANY people. His organs will save many lives, something we know Ray would have wanted. He was the most selfless, giving person I have ever met.
"Arrangements for Ray's funeral will be announced shortly. Anyone wishing to donate to Ray's family in their time of need can find information on the 'Donations' thread on the 'ALL RIGHT THERE BLACK METAL' Facebook page or by emailing me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"For those of you who were unaware, Ray was the only person supporting his family and had recently moved home to take care of his mother and brother. His father, who suffered a stroke some time ago, has been in a nursing home since last year, and Ray was covering the expenses for this as well. Any donation amount will be so gladly appreciated by the Wallace family.
"I would like to extend my personal thanks to the 80+ friends who visited Ray over the past few days to support his family and to say their goodbyes. Ray's mother was comforted by the fact he had so many good friends.
"I would also like to personally thank the hospital staff in the ICU at Toronto Western Hospital, who were so supportive and flexible with the needs of his family and friends. The nursing staff were also amazed by the number of friends who supported his family. When his attending nurse asked me yesterday if Ray was a rock star, I just looked at him and smiled.
"God bless Raymond 'Black Metal' Wallace. He was one of a kind. He'll no doubt be running Heaven in no time! My heart is with all of you at this sad time."
According to Drew Masters of the M.E.A.T. Facebook Group, Toronto-based heavy metal personality (and former SACRIFICE manager) Ray "Black Metal" Wallace — who suffered an aneurysm last Thursday and has since been hospitalized in intensive care in a downtown Toronto hospital — has come out of his coma.
Says Masters: "My source reports to me that Ray is awake but VERY groggy, sitting upright, and speaking with a slurred speach, all of which, the doctors say, is VERY ENCOURAGING!! Am told too that his humor is intact!
"As you recall from yesterday's news, Ray was being kept unconscious via a medically induced coma. After tests came back yesterday with positive results, the administration of the meds used for the coma were discontinued. He awoke sometime this morning."
Visitor information is not available at this time. However expect there to be a strict limit to whomever can see him and when. No flowers are being accepted, but cards are fine and can be forwarded to this address:
Toronto Western Hospital
Patient: Wallace (Ray) ICU2 190 2
399 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON M5T 2S8
In tragic news, Toronto-based metal icon Ray "Black Metal" Wallace has had a serious medical emergency. He's had a long-time involvement in the music and entertainment industry. He managed SACRIFICE in the '80s/'90s and still runs Black Metal Management (with ties with Canuck legends RAZOR and ANVIL), most recently working with SCARLET SINS. He is also a local promoter, most recently booking original bands in on Thursdays at Rock & Roll Heaven. Earlier this year, he co-ordinated the Original Rock 'N' Roll Heaven Reunion party at Rok Boutique.
Ray had been complaining of an ongoing headache for a week. He collapsed at his home early Thursday, November 15th. His mother found him on the floor of his room unable to get up or move. He was however able to call out his mother's name, but with great difficulty, yet otherwise was unable to speak.
Paramedics rushed him to Centennial Hospital in Scarborough; his condition was deemed too critical for their facility, and he was transferred immediately to Toronto Western where they did surgery on Thursday evening.
An aneurysm located on the top of his head just back of the hairline, had burst. He is currently in an induced coma to aid the healing and control ongoing mini seizures and a fever. Ray is in critical condition. Doctors at this point in time do not know the extent of the damage that has been caused, however he is having ongoing CT scans and other medical tests. Although there is no way of telling at this point, Ray's doctors have told his parents that his chances of surviving are better than most due to their ability to get medical help quickly.
Ray is 43 years old.
A legal representative for Canadian thrashers SACRIFICE and Brazil's Marquee Records - which recently re-released SACRIFICE's "Torment In Fire" and "Forward To Termination" as double CDs in limited-edition hand-numbered slipcases that contain massive booklets with liner notes, live pictures and personal comments from the band - has issued the following statement regarding the announcement by Displeased Records that they were going to re-releasing the group's catalog beginning sometime this fall:
"Regarding the recent events involving Displeased Records and their interest in releasing albums in which performances of the band SACRIFICE are featured, I would like to state that the band SACRIFICE did not authorize the release of any albums by the aforementioned record label.
"The band SACRIFICE has signed a licensing agreement with Marquee Records, and all proper legal measures in order to safeguard the rights granted on this contract will be taken."
As previously reported, SACRIFICE will reunite for the first time in 15 years for one night only as headliner of Day Of The Equinox II festival taking place on Saturday, September 23, 2006 in Toronto, Ontario at the Opera House.
The Canadian band's original lineup of guitarist/singer Rob Urbinati, guitarist Joe Rico, bassist Scott Watts and drummer Gus Pynn will be performing tracks from their classic metal releases: "Torment In Fire" (1986), "Forward To Termination" (1987) and "Soldiers of Misfortune" (1990).
Brazil's Marquee Records has signed a deal with the legendary Canadian thrashers SACRIFICE for the re-release of their first three albums (1986's "Torment In Fire", 1987's "Forward to Termination" and 1990's "Soldiers of Misfortune") plus a live album with a complete show from 1989. All CDs will be double-CDs, special editions full of bonus tracks. The live one will probably be released as a CD/DVD set. The distribution in the U.S. and Japan will be handled by Khaosmaster Records and Disk Heaven, respectively.