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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Seth Putnam (of Anal Cunt) Passes Away at 43

ANAL CUNT's publicist, Kim Kelly of Catharsis PR, has confirmed via Twitter that the band's frontman, Seth Putnam, died earlier today (Saturday, June 11) of a suspected heart attack. He was 43 years old.

Commented Kelly: "Yes, it's true. Seth Putnam, one of the most infamous musicians that extreme metal has ever seen, the grindcore GG Allin, has passed away due to a heart attack.

"I handled all the promotion for ANAL CUNT's last album, 'Fuckin' A', and Seth was always happy to oblige any request I sent his way. The band had been working on a new album before his passing, so chances are his musical career's epitaph has yet to be inscribed.

"I want to remind everyone that no matter how outrageous and controversial his musical career has been, Seth was still a human being with friends and family that loved him. I'm hoping that the Internet will remember that. This is a very sad and trying time for those that knew him, and the last thing they need to see is an outpouring of message board hate. The man lived and died by his own rules; if anything, respect him for that."

1st screenshot hinting at Seth's demise

2nd screenshot confirming Seth's demise

Putnam was known for his brutal screaming and lyrics that either shock, offend, or invoke morbid humor. Throughout his career, Putnam was involved in many side projects, including providing backing vocals on PANTERA's "The Great Southern Trendkill" album.

Putnam was born on May 15, 1968, in or around Boston, Massachusetts to father Edward R. Putnam and mother Barbara Ann Donohue. Both he and his parents are divorced.

In the mid-1980s, Putnam played bass in the thrash metal band EXECUTIONER.

On October 12, 2004, Putnam was hospitalized after ingesting two months' worth of Ambien sleeping pills. It was reported that he spent the previous day contemplating suicide, although exact circumstances surrounding the drug overdose are vague.

Putnam's reaction to the irony of his having been in a coma after previously writing the song "You're In A Coma" was published in the Boston Phoenix. "Actually, it turned out it was just as gay as the song I wrote nine years ago — being in a coma was just as fuckin' stupid as I wrote it was," he was quoted as saying.

The One & Only Seth: He may have had such a twisted sense of humour and foul mouth, but he's dead now; at least show him some respect for bringing comic relief to the extreme metal community (a thankless and difficult job that not many would want to undertake given that it makes them hate magnets).

Anal Cunt - 88 Song EP (Side A)

Anal Cunt - Song #8

Anal Cunt - I Couldn't Afford to Buy You a Present (So I Wrote You This Song)

Anal Cunt - Limp Bizkit Think They're Black, But They're Just Gay

Seth Putnam may have probably been extreme metal's most notorious and hated man while he was still alive, but we can't deny that his unique brand of offensive and random humour brought much light-heartedness to an underground community that often drowns in an overly-dark and overly-serious atmosphere. He probably had an overdose of drugs which led to his suspected heart attack (as was what happened to dear Paul Gray of Slipknot last year) that robbed him of his life — and the extreme metal community of Anal Cunt's 10th and 11th full-length studio albums which were still being worked on when the man himself met his unfortunate and untimely demise.

R.I.P. Seth Putnam, the extreme metal community will probably never see another insanely wacky individual such as yourself ever again.


Credits: News taken from various sources seeing as how the Internet is so bloody big, Seth's picture at the top is taken from his own Facebook profile, and the screenshots from his publicist's Twitter postings are grabbed from Blabbermouth.net

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