Rock and Roll fans are devastated this week after it was announced that Paul O’Neill, founder of the world-famous Trans-Siberian Orchestra, has died after a long battle with a chronic illness. He was 61 years-old.
The Political Insider reported that the band made the announcement on it’s 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,” the band said. “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,” it added.
O’Neill founded the band back in 1996, and it quickly became known for it’s rock renditions of Christmas songs. Tributes for O’Neill are already pouring in.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Paul O’Neill has passed. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/icpJKyptdn
— Mitch Lafon (@mitchlafon) April 6, 2017
— JenandTimShow (@JenandTimShow) April 6, 2017
Rest in peace, Paul O’Neill!