Trans-Siberian Orchestra have confirmed that their leader, Paul O’Neill, has passed away at the age of 61. Here’s their statement on their Facebook page: “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.”
After working with bands like Aerosmith, Metal Church, and Savatage, Paul O’Neill started working with Trans-Siberian Orchestra on 1996’s Christmas Eve and Other Stories, and he has produced the rest of the band’s albums ever since. As all Trans-Siberian Orchestra fans know, he was a major part to the their growth over the years, and will be greatly missed by everyone. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this time.
— Chris Caffery (@ChrisCaffery) April 6, 2017