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Exhorder Bassist Frankie Sparcello Deceased

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Frankie Sparcello, the bassist of New Orleans band Exhorder, passed away today. There will be more information released as we receive it.

His bandmates, friends, and fans everywhere are grieving today as they await the information on his tragic death.

Kyle Thomas (Exhorder vocalist): "Don't know quite what to say, so I will say I love you and see you on the other side some day. For those that are unaware, Frankie Sparcello of Exhorder passed away yesterday. What was supposed to be a birthday gathering for me now will include toasting his life and friendship tonight at Pat's Pub."

Jimmy Bower (EyeHateGod guitarist and Down drummer): "Thoughts go out to Frankie's family and friends... Damn dude just saw ya last week.. RIP"

Flesh Parade: "Would like to send our deepest condolences to the friends and family of Frankie Sparcello of Exhorder. R.I.P."

Bruce Corbitt (Rigor Mortis vocalist): "RIP Frankie Sparcello of Exhorder! Man, I admit I am shocked about this tragic news. I just saw him at the Down show in Houston 2 weeks ago and he seemed fine. I was really looking forward to having fun with him in a few weeks at the Exhorder/Rigor Mortis shows. My thoughts and condolences go out to his family, friends and bandmates!"

Footage from the band's recent performance at the Hangar bar in New Orleans in December is available online:

Update: Exhorder has confirmed that they will still play at the Maryland Deathfest on Saturday, May 28, 2011 as planned.

You can see more footage of the band in one of the earliest Sunday Old School columns written here.

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1. Cryonics writes:

I'm not seeing this news anywhere else? Could it just be a rumor?

# Mar 23, 2011 @ 1:01 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. buickmckane writes:

Has to be posted somewhere first

# Mar 23, 2011 @ 1:10 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. source? writes:

Where is the source again? We don't want this to be another DIo false rumor

# Mar 23, 2011 @ 1:19 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. buickmckane writes:

I knew him and I know his bandmates. He was my friend.

# Mar 23, 2011 @ 1:26 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Lane writes:

Not a rumor, unfortunately.

# Mar 23, 2011 @ 2:00 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Shno writes:

If this is truly not a rumor, then I am crushed. I love Exhorder. RIP Frankie.

# Mar 23, 2011 @ 2:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Lane writes:

Frankie's FB page is open to be viewed by the public. We're all stunned here on the New Orleans metal scene.

# Mar 23, 2011 @ 2:05 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Cryonics writes:

After viewing your profile and reading your recent comments, I believe you.

RIP Frankie...my thoughts go out to everyone who knew him personally.

I was very excited when I heard that they were reuniting. I hope this loss doesn't derail any long term plans within the band.

NP - "Into The Void" by Exhorder

# Mar 23, 2011 @ 2:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Cynic writes:

Such sad news to hear, when they reunited I was sure they were going to get the real fanfare they always deserved for their amazing work. Hopefully in the shows they played he got to see how much Exhorder meant to everyone.

# Mar 23, 2011 @ 2:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. deathbringer writes:

R.I.P. Frankie. I JUST noticed Exhorder was in the MD Deathfest lineup and they were the primary reason for me to want to attend that day. They're such an underrated band and I was looking forward to finally getting the chance to see em live.

# Mar 23, 2011 @ 9:07 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Austin writes:

I've never heard of this guy's his music, but may he rest in peace.

# Mar 23, 2011 @ 10:25 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. RTB writes:

Really hoping he did not go out like paul gray here...
Awesome band, terrible blow

# Mar 23, 2011 @ 11:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. MAX69 writes:

R.I.P. Frankie Sparcello. An awesome bassist in an awesome band. Another sad loss. These are harsh times for the Metal scene at large......

# Mar 23, 2011 @ 11:26 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. R Tenney writes:

Didn't these guys singlehandedly influence Panteras heavier direction so many years ago? They most likely never got their due credit if that was the case. Anyways tragic loss and condolences to the band @ the mans family

# Mar 23, 2011 @ 11:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Rance_Metal_Head writes:

^^ you are correct they did influence Pantera's heavier direction and for that there legends in IMO. There music is great and there influence was substantial. RIP.

# Mar 23, 2011 @ 12:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Rance_Metal_Head writes:

NP: Slaughter In the Vatican - Exhorder

# Mar 23, 2011 @ 12:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Southern_Bastard writes:

Great band and a great guy. Sorry to hear this news. My condolences to Emily and anyone who knew the dude.

RIP.

# Mar 23, 2011 @ 12:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. mg-1 writes:

not a rumor is defintely true , whatever talent Sparcello possesed, he allowed drug addiction to become first and foremost and stand in the way of anything positive or productive in his life, I hope if nothing else his death will be a shining example as to what can happen when you allow substance abuse to suck you dry. I knew him personally, he thought he was invincible. you think it won't happen to you,think again.

# Mar 23, 2011 @ 1:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. damnit writes:

this sucks

# Mar 23, 2011 @ 2:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. OlafBerzerker writes:

\m/ np: desecrator rip

# Mar 23, 2011 @ 3:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. ZMA writes:

Unfortunatly I never listened to Exhorder until now. They're a great band. It's a shame I just now got into them. I hope they can move forward. RIP Frankie.

# Mar 23, 2011 @ 3:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. silvermountains writes:

Man this is truely some tragic news, I was planning to go see Exhorder in April. Amazing bassist, and a great guy too. May he rest in peace.

# Mar 23, 2011 @ 3:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. R Tenney writes:

Unfortunately ZMA that's how it works. I myself am only marginally familiar with these guys;and it took a member to die to play catch up with what I missed! They're influence@ legacy will be now properly discussed. That's how it works sometimes

# Mar 23, 2011 @ 3:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. ZMA writes:

Yea R Tenney I hear ya. That seems to happen a lot with me. I'll find a great band that I love, then I come to find out they broke up, or someone in the lineup has died. It's a real shame. At least I'll appreciate them and their music now.
Yea I'm a member now.

# Mar 23, 2011 @ 4:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. R Tenney writes:

I hear ya ZMA. Better late than never right? I'm thinking no one gave Hendrix a proper listen until he passed. Just saying

# Mar 23, 2011 @ 4:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. ZMA writes:

Yea true. I'm gonna start listening to them a lot now. Well I agree and disagree with that Hendrix thing. Because he really was HUGE when he was alive. An icon I think. But when he died his music just exploded. You know the saying: A painter has to die for his art to be appreciated. I think that sort of goes for Hendrix. But I'm not entirely sure. I don't know a whole lot about him.

# Mar 23, 2011 @ 4:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. R Tenney writes:

You are correct ZMA sir. His persona@ legacy was hyped after his death. My pops woke up in a muddy field in 69 in upstate NY hearing that dude. He had never heard of him. That little Woodstock thing. My point is sometimes it takes someone's death to fully understand their influence. Not to compare Hendrix to Exhorder musically. But they influenced much bigger things like Pantera.

# Mar 23, 2011 @ 4:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. Blindgreed1 writes:

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK! RIP Frankie...

# Mar 23, 2011 @ 4:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. scared bassist writes:

so why is it always the bassist that dies? cliff? mike starr? frankie? mike alexander? why why why....

# Mar 23, 2011 @ 5:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. Trendkill91 writes:

RIP. This news is not good at all.

# Mar 23, 2011 @ 5:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. deathbringer writes:

Updated: Exhorder has confirmed that they will still play at the Maryland Deathfest on Saturday, May 28, 2011 as planned.

# Mar 23, 2011 @ 8:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. thadeus writes:

RIP metal brother.

# Mar 23, 2011 @ 9:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. R Tenney writes:

DB ill swap ya New England Metal Hardcore Fest For Maryland Death Fest. Plus ill throw in a 12 pack of Sam Adams Lager. Lol!

# Mar 23, 2011 @ 9:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. metalfan653 writes:

f***ing sucks, RIP.

# Mar 23, 2011 @ 10:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. ZMA writes:

Yea I think I understand what you're sayin' R Tenn.

# Mar 23, 2011 @ 11:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. R Tenney writes:

Well damn ZMA. I see your a member of MU. Congrats young man. Gotta join up myself. NY huh? Western?

# Mar 23, 2011 @ 11:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. b.bristowe writes:

This band was hugely under rated. Awesome music great times. RIP

# Mar 24, 2011 @ 12:29 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. b.bristowe writes:

Sorry, this band IS hugely under rated. I haven't had their music since my last computer busted >;<;

# Mar 24, 2011 @ 12:30 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. ZMA writes:

Yea R Tenney, I figured it was time, I've been comin' to this site long enough. I think you should join you've been comin' here long enough too heh heh. I'm on Long Island toward to east end.

And I agree with you b.bristowe. I hadn't heard of them until this post unfortunately. Amazing band.

# Mar 24, 2011 @ 2:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. R Tenney writes:

Yea ZMA I'm gonna sighn up @join one of these days. My brother and his son was on LI a couple of weeks ago for a Bruins:Islanders game. They actually road trip for the Bruins. They couldn't believe what a dump Nassau Col. Is. No offense.

# Mar 24, 2011 @ 3:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. ZMA writes:

You definitely should R Ten. You're here enough. Oh really? Yea no I hate Nassau Coliseum don't worry about it. I don't really live near there or go there anyway. I usually go to the city to see all the shows I wanna see.
Although a few years ago Destruction played at the Crazy Donkey Bar and Grill which isn't exactly the best or biggest venue on Long Island and it was supposedly a great show. I missed it. Wish I hadn't. Some good bands play at that place.

# Mar 24, 2011 @ 3:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. hellrat writes:

WHAT THE FVCK!!!! how the fvck did i not see this sh!t?????

jesus fvcking christ man, this fvcking OD sh** is getting frikken old

I'd much rather see all these dudes get nice and old instead

RIP Frank, thanks for the heavy motherfvckin sh!t, man!!!

condolences to all in the mighty NOLA scene \m/

# Mar 24, 2011 @ 3:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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43. R Tenney writes:

Yea ZMA there's some pretty decent hardcore bands that came outta LI if u like Hardcore. One of my all time favourites was Kill Your Idols. Unfortunately they broke up. Saw those f***ers rip sh** up in Boston back in the day

# Mar 24, 2011 @ 3:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. ZMA writes:

Is that what happened hellrat? The dude OD'd? Because that would suck. Why has that seemed to be happening to a lot of people recently?

Yea the hardcore movement over here was pretty crazy. I don't know very many good local bands around here anymore R Ten. I'm hoping to start a band over here. Don't know when and it's not gonna be a hardcore band but still haha. Kill Your Idols kicked a$$ though.

# Mar 24, 2011 @ 4:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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45. hellrat writes:

Nooooo-no...that is only my speculation....but, maybe he died of 'natural causes' such as 'organ failure'??

but i do not know, so i shouldn't have said that, and i apologize...but i would definitely not surprise me

tough deal, anyway

# Mar 24, 2011 @ 5:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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46. ZMA writes:

Ah alright. Well I hope it was from natural causes. I can't handle all these people ODing. It's stressful and it takes a lot of potentially great music and great people away from us all. Don't be sorry though hellrat. It could be anything, and yea it wouldn't surprise me either.
I'm not saying he was a drug addict or anything cause I don't know the bands history or his history. But like I said people have been ODing left and right so yea.......

# Mar 24, 2011 @ 5:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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47. hellrat writes:

ya Z, i'll just say that it is very likely...

regardless, he was a good and heavy rumbler for a fvcking awesome band....and his loss fvcking sucks!!

NP---Exhorder---Death in Vain

# Mar 24, 2011 @ 5:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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48. ZMA writes:

Agreed hellrat.

# Mar 24, 2011 @ 5:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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49. THRASH TILL DEATH writes:

RIP METAL BROTHER!

# Mar 28, 2011 @ 2:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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50. FastEddy writes:

I know how he died but it's not my place to say so I won't.

I knew him since he was a little boy. He spent his life playing "music" that amounts to nothing but demonic filth. Read the lyrics.

Those of you with the RIP stuff need to think hard. There is no peace for the wicked in this world or the next.

Tighten up now or you may end up where he is.

A sorry waste of a soul.

# Mar 30, 2011 @ 4:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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51. hellrat writes:

^^^GET THE FVCK OUTTA HERE you fvckig slathering goddamned idiot

And FVCK YOU

# Mar 30, 2011 @ 4:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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52. ZMA writes:

Fvckin' trolls......and even if post 50's not a troll, it's a super d!ck move to say he knows how he died, but then turn into a douchebag and not say how, when I'm sure everyone is curious to know. Hell I'm curious.
Fvck you 50.

# Mar 30, 2011 @ 5:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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53. Katiecakes writes:

IM SO SORRY.. ALL THESE BAND MEMBERS FROM ALOT OF BANDS ARE DYING LEFT N RIGHTT... YOU WILL BE MISSED!!!

# Apr 1, 2011 @ 2:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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54. ppppp writes:

it was a heroin overdose

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