Mike Scondotto of New York's INHUMAN has released the following statement:
"As a fan of his for over 20 years, [the news of Peter Steele's passing] is hitting me pretty hard.
"Literally one hour before I got the text message from my bassist Hank that he had died, I was in a diner in Brooklyn with a friend and were talking about CARNIVORE and TYPE O NEGATIVE. My friend and I were talking about how glad we were that Pete had got sober and that a new TYPE O record and tour were on the horizon.
"I used to keep a record of all of the shows I went to starting from the very first in May of 1988 to around late 2000 and I had recently noticed that the 20-year anniversary of TYPE O's first show had passed, March 23rd 1990 at L'Amour in Brooklyn and that the ICEMEN and AMERICAN EAGLE were the openers. I was there and I was 16 years old, checking out Pete from CARNIVORE's new band and I loved them from that day on. They were called REPULSION then and were selling the green colored demo that I bought that night and still own to this day. They went from NEW MINORITY, to REPULSION, to SUB ZERO to finally TYPE O NEGATIVE.
"Pete meant a lot to me, and he meant a lot to Brooklyn. I would say that he was without a doubt the most successful Brooklynite to ever come out of the hardcore/metal scene and a true 'Brooklyn Bastard' if there ever was one.
"CARNIVORE and TYPE O NEGATIVE have had a tremendous impact on my life and I am really beside myself right now.
"Rest in peace, my brother. You will be forever missed."