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Crashdiet Frontman Found Dead, Band Will Not Continue

The surviving members of the Swedish band CRASHDIET have issued a statement regarding the death of their frontman David Hellman (photo) (a.k.a. Dave Lepard) and the group's future plans.

Shortly before 1:00 a.m. on Friday, January 20, the police in the Swedish city of Uppsala, north of Stockholm, were called to the apartment of CRASHDIET frontman David Hellman (photo) (a.k.a. Dave Lepard). He had not been in touch with his friends or family for 20 days and a close friend of his had entered the apartment and found him dead, reports the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.

"There is no foul play involved in his death, other than that we don't know what the circumstances are," police spokesperson Christer Nordström told the newspaper Expressen.

Zübeyde Güngodogmus is shocked by the news that her neighbor has been found dead in his apartment. They were acquaintances.

"He was so sweet and very friendly," she tells Expressen.

However, she had noticed a change in the rock star. Last week she met him at the local supermarket.

"He looked so thin and was out of character," she says.

During the first weeks of 2006, there were signs that everything was not well in the CRASHDIET camp. The other members were rumored to be fed up with Hellman's excessive drug intake and were on the verge of leaving, or already had left, the band. Both they and Hellman's family have declined to talk to the media at the moment.

Hellman, 25, made no qualms about his sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle.

"We want to get hard rock back on track again and it's nice that it's getting bigger again," he told the Swedish music magazine Groove last year. "All the other crap is becoming so tiresome. I mean, hip hop people live the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle to a much larger extent than hard rockers do."

Describing his lifestyle, he said: "You live in chaos, depend on welfare, are an addict and things fucking suck. That's why it often collides with the music; it's too much of the good stuff and the music is affected. You would need 48 hours per day, but you're so fucking stupid and get your priorities wrong."

In a joint statement released to the media, Martin Sweet (guitar), Peter London (bass) and Eric Young (drums) said, "As a bandmember, but most of all as a person, we will miss him for all eternity. Dave was nothing but a genius and a very special person. CRASHDIET will definitely not continue as a band. CRASHDIET consisted of four people and now one has left us."

CRASHDIET was a Stockholm, Sweden-based Eighties hard rock-style band whose debut album, "Rest in Sleaze", entered the Swedish national album chart at position No. 12.

"It's pretty clear that, up to now, there's been a vacuum as far as hard rock goes," Dave said in a 2005 interview. "We can play a gig for 1,200 kids with big hair and skinny spandex-covered legs, who just stand there screaming. So it's even cooler when ZTV [Swedish music video channel] or MTV and the others play our rock-hard video which gets to be one of the most played clips alongside old ladies like J-Lo, or whatever she's called."

A video clip, dubbed "On the Road with Crashdiet 2005", was recently posted on their official web site. You can check it out here: Real Media, Windows Media.

CRASHDIET were reportedly the first "sleaze rock" band in over 10 years to be signed directly to a major company — Universal Music. The group, whose members were said to be in their early 20s, were scheduled to make their U.S. debut in March at the South by Southwest music conference/festival in Austin, Texas.

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. Jenny writes:

damn thats balls

# Jan 22, 2006 @ 3:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Azazel_Begotten writes:

I bet he f***ed a groupie and got that new "next day AIDS"

# Jan 22, 2006 @ 8:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Azazel_Begotten writes:

Anyways, God rest him and I pray he's doin a great gig in the sky, either that or Making Hell an eternal Metal concert

# Jan 22, 2006 @ 8:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. thatkidinthecorner writes:

that f***ing sucks............R.I.P.

# Jan 23, 2006 @ 12:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. B-rad writes:

Wow, I'm surprised Lord Agony aka Lord Fagony didn't comment on this and said "I'm glad he's dead" or something ignorant like that. Anyway, rest in peace Dave.

# Jan 25, 2006 @ 1:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. uniform writes:

great vocalist and will be missed by fans from all over RIP

# Jan 25, 2006 @ 3:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. tyrone writes:

not me i hope he gets his a$$ rammed by satan

# Jan 25, 2006 @ 9:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. David Hellman writes:

wow! there's a computer in hell. Satan lets me use it after my eternity of being R@ped. so i would just like to say that it was Zübeyde Güngodogmus who killed me, we had been seeing each other and having sex until we had a fight and thing got out of control I will see him in a couple of decades, but until then i'm in purgery for then next million years. see you in hell.

# Jan 26, 2006 @ 8:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Evil_Lance writes:

Probably died of malnutrition from his Crashdiet of drugs and anal sex. Whoops.

# Jan 26, 2006 @ 3:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. bradispissed writes:

i back tyrone


...i'm glad he's dead

# Jan 26, 2006 @ 3:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Caliiperi writes:

R.I.P.
I will miss him, and you will miss him too.

# Jan 27, 2006 @ 4:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. ! writes:

purgery??? i think you mean purgatory, of which, there is no such place, unless, of course, your one of those idiot catholics that believes everything your pamper peeling priest tells you. oh yeah, fukk sweden. fukkin fags run that place.

# Jan 27, 2006 @ 7:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. sounds writes:

R.I.P Dave....
I'm so sad.....

# Jan 28, 2006 @ 1:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. RememberMetal? writes:

The band name is one of the better ones of late actually....But given the description, I probably wouldnt be into the music....It sucks that he's gone if indeed he was an alright guy but you reap what you sew.
RIP

# Jan 28, 2006 @ 7:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Bulten (stockholm) writes:

I will always remember the gig in hultsfred! Rest in sleaze dude!

# Jan 31, 2006 @ 3:00 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Crashdiet Frontman Found Dead, Band Will Not Continue writes:

i hope the rest of the band go to hell...

i'm glade he's dead...

bad luck i guess...

he will be in purgatory for the next eternity good luck dic?

# Jan 31, 2006 @ 4:57 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. B-rad writes:

Post number 16,10 and 7, you sick ignorant f***s! Even if you don't like the band then still have some respect. I haven't even heard them but I still posted something at least respectful. Like if a band that I hated died, I still wouldn't say "I'm glad they're dead", I have
respect unlike you donkey raping sh** eaters. And post number 16 you spelled glad and d*** wrong dumb ass.

# Feb 7, 2006 @ 2:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. bradispissed writes:

and you insulted people with a quote from south park the movie...


shut the f*** up. lame a$$ hoser

# Feb 7, 2006 @ 5:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. B-rad writes:

So what if I used a quote from Bigger, Longer and Uncut. South Park rules. Oh, and thanks for pointing that quote out for me, I don't think I would have spotted it. Loser.

# Feb 7, 2006 @ 6:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. author unknown writes:

after ignoring the previous comments of the haters , the only hate i have is to see the band just give up , they did have the potential and they were well driven as a unit and had a style very reminescent of the Sleez Beez, but i guess life just catches up to the ones that tend to live on the edge , hate to see the band just gieve up cuz of the loss of one member that loses his self beyond control , , but can't stop the decisions already made , rest in peace my friend ,

# Feb 10, 2006 @ 3:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. saken writes:

so it goes... life on the fastlane! the lifestyle of rock can kill you and anyone who operates in a rock band knows that it is tough but rewarding. eventually life kills us all! R.I.P. Dave! see ya when i get there but till then... Rock on!!!

# Feb 14, 2006 @ 1:40 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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