Deceased and October 31 drummer Dave Castillo has sadly passed away. Deceased vocalist and bandleader King Fowley confirmed the news with a Facebook post. No cause of death has been given. Castillo drummed with Deceased from 2003 to 2008 and again from 2012 until present. His final recorded output will be heard on the band’s Ghostly White album, which will be released this Friday.
King Fowley wrote:
“The man always came prepared for recordings/jams/shows and if you didn’t give him enough time to have it ready he’d surely let you know. He wanted to impress you. He wanted it correct and not half-assed, which is the only way music will ever come out of a band i’m a part of. It’s how he did everything in life. And me writing all the Deceased drum parts never bothered him a bit. He would just say ‘you write it man, keep it your wild Deceased style’ and then he’d gladly learn it no matter how wacky I might of made something. Dave Castillo will always be remembered as a great drummer, a great person, and a dear friend. Dave helped me in so many ways to keep the band moving forward with his talent, and for that alone i’m eternally grateful. But he was so much more. Always there for my family in troubled times (the man painted my mothers entire 4 level house after fixing 25 years of living in beat up need to be re-plastered walls first, then did the sink fixes and all other loose ends too. and all over a week span when we lost our house in 2000 and were basically forced out in 2 weeks notice. My mom demanded money to him but he wouldn’t take a dime. He thanked my mom for letting us all ‘wreck’ the place with years and years of big parties. He said this was his way of saying thank you), at my hospital bed after I had a stroke he sat all day with me and joked and made me feel better, he had your back always.”
October 31 bassist Jim Hunter also confirmed it on his Facebook page: “Rest in power, Dave! What an awesome dude and friend!”
Deceased’s December 1st show at Saint Vitus has now been cancelled.