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Paul O'Neill - Co-Creator Of Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Dies From Chronic Illness

Paul O'Neill, long time collaborator with Savatage and the man who created Trans-Siberian Orchestra along with Jon Oliva (Jon Oliva's Pain/Savatage), Bob Kinkel, All Pitrelli (Savatage) and famed producer Dave Witman, died late last night from a chronic illness.

More information is expected soon, but the death was announced by Trans-Siberian Orchestra and reads:

"The entire Trans-Siberian Orchestra family, past and present, is heartbroken to share the devastating news that Paul O’Neill has passed away from chronic illness.

"He was our friend and our leader -- a truly creative spirit and an altruistic soul. This is a profound and indescribable loss for us all.

"We ask that you respect Paul’s family’s privacy now. We will make additional announcements shortly."

Many members of T.S.O. shared the post, like guitarist/writer Chris Caffery (Savatage) who simply stated: "Shattered..."

O'Neill's collaboration with Savatage led to some of the most well known conceptual albums like "Gutter Ballet," "Streets: A Rock Opera" and "Dead Winter Dead."

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1. David Gardiner writes:

So sad. I saw him twice with Trans Siberian Orchestra at Hammersmith Odoen.

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2. Anna writes:

Sincerely saddened for his family and may Paul rest in peace in all of Gods beautiful grace!

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3. Todd writes:

I got to meet him after a concert in Oakland, he was truly the nicest person you could meet. Very sad. I will miss him greatly.

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