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Former Vader Drummer "Doc" Dies At 35

Former Vader drummer Krzysztof "Docent" Raczkowski (a.k.a. Doc) has passed away at age 35. No further details about his death are currently available.

In a March 2005 statement announcing Doc's departure from the group, Vader frontman Peter said, "Doc pretty hard tried to 'fight' against his weaknesses, which were troubles for all of us. Finaly he had not prevailed over that battle... All in all, he attempted. . . Vader today is not just a friendship anymore — it's our life with armies of man involved in music, releases and — first of all — fans waiting for shows or new albums... This is a high responsibility, not too many know about. If a person, even the most talented one, cannot stand it — [he] has to leave... That was Doc's decision as well."

In an April 2005 interview with AbrasiveRock.com, Vader guitarist Mauser elaborated on Doc's "weaknesses," stating, "He had a problem with alcohol and this is the problem. Maybe in the future, if he will be alright, he may be back in the band. Maybe someday. We will see what happens."

This news has been confirmed by Vader's official website, Vader.pl.

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. GrindTillAIDS writes:

RIP Doc.

# Aug 20, 2005 @ 11:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Rulin Kmadd writes:

sad week for music first all those guys from Seattle and now this.
RIP brother old Vader rules.

# Aug 20, 2005 @ 7:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. deathbringer writes:

That's a real shame. Vader has been one of my favorites since I discovered Litany a few years ago.

# Aug 20, 2005 @ 9:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Rape Jesus writes:

he was actually kicked out for cocaine abuse, but they wanted to be nice about it so Vader said it was alcohol. i don't know for sure, but i'd call it a safe bet that he over dosed.

# Aug 20, 2005 @ 11:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. osmorphyus@yahoo.com writes:

rest in pain, doc.
thanks for the music.

# Aug 21, 2005 @ 1:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. doctor111@yahoo.com writes:

I saw your pain, Doc

# Aug 21, 2005 @ 10:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Miller writes:

R.I.P. Doc Litany ruled

# Aug 21, 2005 @ 2:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. NEGROTIC OVERLORD writes:

You idiots, it's AIDS-related. The guys in Vader are gay, and Doc was always the most promiscuous. He picked up AIDS in North Africa and didn't get treatment, so eventually kaposi's sarcoma and the common cold finished him off.

Regardless, we lost one of the all-time best metal drummers ever with this one... he'll join Dimebag in Hell, er metal Heaven. RIP Doc!

# Aug 21, 2005 @ 8:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. NAMBLA-INTERNATIONAL writes:

I'll deeply miss doc's presence, he opened my mind to how true love is eternal despite age, race, sex, species, or other silly superficial socially-constructed differences.

# Aug 21, 2005 @ 10:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. occult420 writes:

hes one of the greatest death metal drummers.... thanks for the music doc.. litany really showed it...rest in peace..

# Aug 21, 2005 @ 11:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. IAMMETAL writes:

EVEN THOUGH IM NOT TOO FAMILIAR, R.I.P. MAN.

# Aug 22, 2005 @ 12:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. old skool thrash writes:

R.I.P Doc, thanks for sum f***ing crazy vader music \\m//

# Aug 22, 2005 @ 5:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. stanislaw biczonski writes:

hello, it is true that doc died from the AIDS infection; he is the friend of the relative and was very sick. i am very sad!

# Aug 22, 2005 @ 6:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. VADER_FAN_666 writes:

He had been fighting off AIDs for a while now but just couldn't quit his coke addition. With his unhealthy lifestyle that he would die soon was unavoidable and somewhat obvious :(

# Aug 22, 2005 @ 6:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Baphomet writes:

We'll not see each other anymore. Rest now DOC, anyway the life wasnt worth enough for you. You showed how to play, you made your shows awesome, your times perfects... and that will not die on my mind.

# Aug 22, 2005 @ 8:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. doclimma writes:

R.I.P. Doc
and thanks for the music

# Aug 23, 2005 @ 7:25 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. tom MSF writes:

I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS sh**. WHY??? GODDAMNIT!!! I'll never be able to listen to vader the same way again. R.I.P DOC

# Aug 23, 2005 @ 5:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. OmniVision writes:

I've heard rumors that DOC was a homosexual for the past few years too. THose rumors got them kicked off of a few metal tours, and proved to be a fiasco for the 2004 US tour. He drank very heavily (like many homosexuals do), but it was his sex life --not drinking-- that eventually forced the decision that DOC had to leave VADER.

# Aug 24, 2005 @ 9:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. what a bunch of craked-up shitheads writes:

what AIDS? Vader GAY?!?!?! You all are gay. stupid. if you'd only known him, partied with him, knew him not only as Doc, but as an awesome friend, unvelievable persona, you'd know not to say sh** like this. OD'd - most likely, He's had his own share of problems. But he also had a lot of happiness, he just had a baby son not too long ago. RIP Docent, I'll miss you, and I hope to see you in the afterlife, wherever that may be!

# Aug 26, 2005 @ 8:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. MOSK writes:

gay-population is not big in europa like in n.america!!!!! over there lives pure metalheads!!!u allowed gay-f***s to live in ur neighborhood and now u listen they music and suck they sick d***s!!europa,poland,east and south-east europa is pure piece of world! we don't have a gay in our lives and our music,specialy in metal!

# Sep 3, 2005 @ 7:58 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Qaballa writes:

RIP Doc, you'll be missed

# Sep 5, 2005 @ 10:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. another vader fan writes:

RIP, thanx for inspiring me to be a deathmetal percussionist. best regards in the afterlife...

# Sep 6, 2005 @ 1:05 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. its just me writes:

He cant be gay, he has wife and son. He could be bisexual, but i dont' think so.

# Sep 6, 2005 @ 2:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. what? writes:

does it matter? was vader not good? sorry, THE BEST?? who gives a rat's a$$ if he was gay...all this "metal europa no gay" bullsh** up yours you phobic little MOSK...guys that freak about this sh** have 1 serious issue...GUESS?...and who cares anyway...if drugs were the issue it's just another case of losing a talented individual before they were ableto fufill the potential...sorry MOSK, I know you were kind of defending but don't delude yourself...Anywho, R.I.P. Doc...Prost and hail...\m/

# Sep 13, 2005 @ 4:51 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. LHHT writes:

goodbye to one of histories most powerful and inspiring drummers.

# Sep 13, 2005 @ 8:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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