A.J. Pero, best known as the drummer in the 1980s heavy-metal band Twisted Sister, has died.
Anthony Jude Pero was on tour with the band Adrenaline Mob when members of that group were unable to rouse him on their bus Friday morning. He was taken to a hospital in Poughkeepsie, New York, where he died of an apparent heart attack.
The band posted an official statement on the Twisted Sister Facebook page, which reads, “The members of Twisted Sister are profoundly saddened to announce the untimely passing of our brother, AJ Pero. The band, crew and most importantly the family of AJ Pero thank you for your thoughts and prayers at this time.”
Twisted Sister frontman, Dee Snider, called Pero “the final piece in a band that would become an international sensation and one of the greatest live rock acts to ever hit the stage.”