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Former Broken Hope Vocalist Joe Ptacek Commits Suicide

Joe Ptacek, best known for his work as the lead singer of death metal outfit Broken Hope, sadly passed away on Wednesday from what appears to be a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the head. He was only thirty seven years old. A message from his former bandmate Jeremy Wagner reads as follows:

"It's with profound sadness and shock that [I report that] my friend and former bandmate — Joe Ptacek — has died.

"Joe was my high-school friend who formed a death-metal band with me called Broken Hope. We always dreamed of putting out albums and touring the world. After graduating, we achieved a lot of those dreams and released five albums, performed worldwide, appeared in countless international magazines and did a video for MTV. We were on Metal Blade Records and met all of our heroes and performed everywhere…

"Not bad for two teenagers out of Wildwood, Illinois.

"After 2000, Joe and I lost touch until just a few years ago. In recent months, we reconnected, hung out and became friends again. I just chatted with him after the New Year as he and I had found a drummer and a rehearsal spot where we were to begin working to bring back a new, resurrected form of Broken Hope.

"As of late, Joe was positive, healthy and had a mature and humble attitude that made me happy to see.

"I'm thankful to have known him in my lifetime and to have traveled many a mile and share many a stage with such an original character. Moreover, I'm thankful to have hugged him and to have made him smile the last time we were together. Why he chose to take his life, I'll never even begin to fathom, but I pray he's in a better place.

"So, to all of you extreme metal heads out there, I ask you to raise a toast in memory of Joe Ptacek, the absolute, hands down MOST BRUTAL DEATH-METAL VOCALIST EVER!

"Joe, I love you and I will miss you, brother…

"Your friend (who you affectionately called, Peck)."

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1. IAmGod writes:

The best Death Metal vocalist is gone, I don't f***ing believe it.

# Jan 22, 2010 @ 11:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. killernofiller writes:

that just f*cking sucks. RIP, bro.

# Jan 22, 2010 @ 11:41 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Blindgreed1 writes:

What a bummer. RIP Joe.

# Jan 22, 2010 @ 11:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. KickAssDuke writes:

Heard about this yesterday. Not a big fan of suicide but Broken Hope was one of my favorites back in the day. This is a bummer.

# Jan 22, 2010 @ 12:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. xxxKATExxx writes:

RIP Joe

# Jan 22, 2010 @ 1:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. toxicclown writes:

wats this world coming to all the best peolpe r leaving the living y/
RIP Joe

# Jan 22, 2010 @ 1:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Hammerheart writes:

Not familiar with these guys, but RIP anyway. It's a shame how many artists have died lately...

# Jan 22, 2010 @ 2:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. miss austin writes:

Rest in peace

# Jan 22, 2010 @ 3:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Pitbull Grin writes:

¡¡¡Hail Joe Ptacek!!! ¡¡¡Hail BROKEN HOPE!!! .The best vocalist of death metal.Broken Hope was the first band to listen.is a sorrow.Rest in peace.

# Jan 22, 2010 @ 4:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. dave mustaine writes:

f*** him! dumb ass!

# Jan 22, 2010 @ 6:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. disdained writes:

This is just so sad...they are basically the first band which I have bought all 5 of their CD`s...and now the singer is gone forever, just before a Broken Hope re-union...

R.I.P.

# Jan 22, 2010 @ 6:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. jester writes:

just heard about it my thought's and prayer's go out to joe's family and friends how sad that another great talent is gone but will never forgotten R.I.P. god speed joe ptacek.

# Jan 22, 2010 @ 7:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. thedudeabides writes:

sad news dudes, RIP Joe..... you will be missed

# Jan 22, 2010 @ 8:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Ziggy from Gross Moter writes:

Sad to hear the news, grew up in Wildwood myself spent a few nights hanging at the Midnightblue talking to Joe abought touring as Tina poured the drinks. My heart goes out to his family,bandmates,and friends,it sucks that one of our wildwooders got as far as he did then passed like this. I know the rest of Gross Moter feels the same way. R.I.P Joey!

# Jan 22, 2010 @ 8:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Ziggy From Gross Motor writes:

Never let somone else type while you dictate,unless they know how to spell your last band name. Ziggy

# Jan 22, 2010 @ 8:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. walter chalco writes:

broken hope supreme f***ing rules forever!!! Peruvian deathmetalheads will miss Joe .the master of esophagus, the master of guttural vocals the God of bowels of repugnance. the brutal Tenor of death metal. grotesque blessings is my favorite death metal album and will be forever.

# Jan 23, 2010 @ 12:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Nihilist writes:

f***

# Jan 23, 2010 @ 3:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. wilco writes:

dont know the band but
rip brother

# Jan 23, 2010 @ 8:30 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. BoltThrower writes:

Me thinks he had a major part in determining the band name. It sounds like he was riding this train for quite a while. Some people don't see a way out from the get go. I guess I can't fault him any.

# Jan 23, 2010 @ 7:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Stuart writes:

I seen Broken Hope play a ways back in RI, I think it was at Club Baby Head know known as Club Hell. Whatever demons you had, or couldn't speak of too your band mates, well I hope you find your peace, and you will be sadly missed.

# Jan 24, 2010 @ 1:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. natalie writes:

joe aka mojo was a big part of my life we had dated not that long ago for a couple of years he's was a great person and wounderful freind and maybe the best thing to ever come into my life we share a lot and went though a lot but i never stoped caring or loving him i just hope he found peace and he will sadly miss so much more then he'll ever know god rest in peace

# Jan 24, 2010 @ 3:41 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Fajk writes:

That's so sad !!! I was sooooo hoping for a Broken Hope reunion... Never got a chance to see them live - I don't think they played in Poland.
I hope BH reforms anyway ... in memory of Joe...

# Jan 24, 2010 @ 2:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Walter Chalco writes:

BROKEN HOPE. a tribute to BROKEN HOPE. with the best brutal death metal bands from Colombia and around the world of course US. I hope this tribute to Broken Hope comming soon. because...BROKEN HOPE f***ing rules !! Joe Ptacek the esophagus master, the tenor of bowels of repugnance.

# Jan 24, 2010 @ 4:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Walter Chalco writes:

Joe had one of the darkest guttural vocals in history. this music sound evil. no like somo other more commercial death like cannibal.

# Jan 24, 2010 @ 4:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Southern_Bastard writes:

Broken Hope was SICK. RIP Joe. Suicide claims another life. that message was sad man...

# Jan 24, 2010 @ 8:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. metalheaddrummer101 writes:

sh**....that sucks.... :(

# Jan 24, 2010 @ 8:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. brutalizerrr writes:

Rest in peace brother! Your music will always remain as a remembrance of you! Broken Hope is everlasting!

# Jan 25, 2010 @ 9:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. Lady Gypsy writes:

RIDE FREE BROTHER,U WILL B GREATLY MISSED.GONNA WONDER Y TILL THE DAY I DIE!THANX 4 TRUSTING ME!

# Jan 25, 2010 @ 5:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. SicRick writes:

RIP Bro may his family find peace in this dark hour

# Jan 25, 2010 @ 7:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. Rubyred writes:

This is heartbreaken terrible tragedy/what's going on "here" (?) - so many deaths/young lives leaving much tooo sooon. Although I'm not familiar w/this band BROKEN HOPE music/my heart goes out to the bandmembers & the Ptacek Family (and the fans) who lost a really "special" beloved Vocalist Joe PTACEK. Rest in Harmony.

# Jan 25, 2010 @ 10:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. decapitator94 writes:

i never heard of the band before, but RIP anyway

# Jan 27, 2010 @ 2:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. xman writes:

man that sucks r.i.p. joe

# Jan 27, 2010 @ 9:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. HeadbangerHippy writes:

I can't say I am familiar with this band, but I am sorry to hear this is what has become of them. A shame really. Rust in Peace man, you are missed. I hope your friends and family stay strong. /,,/

# Jan 27, 2010 @ 10:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. xman writes:

r.i.p.

# Jan 28, 2010 @ 8:04 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. Wow writes:

Ahahahaha. Good, get this trend gone.

# Jan 29, 2010 @ 3:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. Persecution MIKE writes:

RIP

Gonna listen to some BROKEN HOPE to his memory !

# Jan 29, 2010 @ 10:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. Jenny writes:

Those were beautiful/heartbreaking words from Jeremy Wagner. This is truly saddening. Amazing how Joe seemed fine, and then, gone. One just never knows. Much luck and hope to his Family and Friends.
Rest In Peace, Joe Ptacek.

# Jan 29, 2010 @ 1:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. HE HE HE HE writes:

"the brutal Tenor of death metal."

LUV THE QUOTE....I WASNT A FAN BACK THEN BUT DID SEE THE BAND OPEN FOR SOMEONE DONT EVEN REMEMBER FOR WHO BUT.......... RIP DUDE

# Jan 31, 2010 @ 1:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. tyson montrucchio writes:

There was a reason I got "The Loathing" cover tattoo'd on my forearm. Because they were THE f***ING BEST!!!
R.I.P. Brother. Glad I got to meet and hang with you!!!

# Jan 31, 2010 @ 6:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. Lady Gypsy writes:

Joe was my brother,and i find it funny that all these people have c** out of the woodwork,acting like they give a damn.To his true family,friends,.and fans..thanx.To those who r just attention mongers,or are promoting their bands.YOU SUCK,and so does what you kids call death metal!!!You arent good enuf to share the same oxygen as Joe"MOJO"Ptacek,much less his genre.And Natalie...GET A LIFE!JOE couldnt stand you,scrag!Who do u think ur foolin WENCH!!And finally...TO MOJO>;>;thanx 4 trusting me,I WILL WONDER TILL THE DAY I DIE Y!I love you and i will miss u.ride free brother!RIP LADY GYPSY

# Feb 1, 2010 @ 8:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. Dee writes:

Dis is really sad. U honestly never knw wht a person is really goin thru in their personal life. Sometimes ppl feel as though dis is da last resort cuz they either hav nttn else 2 live 4 or nttn else can b done 2 make da situation betta. Anyway, r.I.p. My condolences goes out 2 his family & frnds. Dis is a fu**in shame.

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