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{{Infobox Peter Steele}}
 
{{Infobox Peter Steele}}
   
'''Peter Steele''' (January 4, 1962 – April 14, 2010) was the vocalist, bassist and songwriter for [[Type O Negative]]. He was born in Red Hook neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York and his real name is '''Petrus Thomas Ratajczyk'''. Steele is known as '''The Green Man''' because when he worked for the Parks Department, he wore green uniform and rode green garbage truck, people called him that as well as by Type O fans. And green is his favorite color and is the reason for the theme color of the band.
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'''Peter Steele''' (January 4, 1962 – April 14, 2010) was the lead vocalist, bassist and songwriter for the now disbanded group [[Type O Negative]]. As the frontman for Type O Negative, Steele was known for his vampiric affect, towering stature (heighing at 6'6"), rich bass-baritone vocals and a dark, often self-deprecating sense of humor. His lyrics were often intensely personal, dealing with subjects including love, heartbreak, death and addiction. Steele credited {{wp|Black Sabbath}} and {{wp|The Beatles}} as his key musical influences.
   
 
Before forming Type O Negative, he was with the metal bands {{wp|Fallout (band)|Fallout}} and {{wp|Carnivore (band)|Carnivore}} whom he formed.
Steele was known for his vampiric affect, towering stature (heighing at 6' 8"), rich bass-baritone vocals and a dark, often self-deprecating sense of humor. His lyrics were often intensely personal, dealing with subjects including love, heartbreak, death and addiction. Steele credited {{wp|Black Sabbath}} and {{wp|The Beatles}} as his key musical influences.
 
 
His musical career began in 1979. Before forming Type O Negative in 1989, he was with the metal bands {{wp|Fallout (band)|Fallout}} and {{wp|Carnivore (band)|Carnivore}} whom he also formed.
 
   
 
== Career with Type O Negative ==
 
== Career with Type O Negative ==
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Their debut album, ''[[Slow, Deep and Hard]]'', came out in 1991 and wrote lyrics about the heartbreak based from his breaking up of a relationship, fantasies of revenge, and the contemplation of suicide that Steele had attempted: "On October 15th, 1989, I slashed my wrists. All I can say is that I fell in love with the wrong person." A year after releasing the debut album, ''[[The Origin of the Feces]]'', which some say is a studio album while others say it's a faux-live album, was released, which the original album cover featured a close-up shot of Steele's anus.
 
Their debut album, ''[[Slow, Deep and Hard]]'', came out in 1991 and wrote lyrics about the heartbreak based from his breaking up of a relationship, fantasies of revenge, and the contemplation of suicide that Steele had attempted: "On October 15th, 1989, I slashed my wrists. All I can say is that I fell in love with the wrong person." A year after releasing the debut album, ''[[The Origin of the Feces]]'', which some say is a studio album while others say it's a faux-live album, was released, which the original album cover featured a close-up shot of Steele's anus.
   
The next year, Type O's landmark album, ''[[Bloody Kisses]]'', was released. The album focused primarily on romance, love, sex, and death. In 1996 Type O released ''[[October Rust]]'', which features more multi-layered and melodic sound than its predecessor, though it retained similar lyrical themes. One of its tracks, "{{wp|Green Man}}", is an ode to his nickname.
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The next year, Type O's landmark album, ''[[Bloody Kisses]]'', was released. The album focused primarily on romance, love, sex, and death. In 1996 Type O released ''[[October Rust]]'', which features more multi-layered and melodic sound than its predecessor, though it retained similar lyrical themes.
   
 
Steele had been dealing with personal problems such as addictions and deaths of loved ones during the recording and mixing of 1999's stripped-down and heavier sounding ''[[World Coming Down]]''. As a result, the album heavenly relies on mournful deaths of loved ones, such as "[[Everyone I Love Is Dead]]" and "[[Everything Dies]]", as well as about drug abuse and addiction, particularly on the song "[[White Slavery]]". Steele also recounts his experience with psychiatric treatment on the song "[[Who Will Save the Sane?]]". On "[[Pyretta Blaze]]" Steele tells of his sexual fantasy involving fire.
 
Steele had been dealing with personal problems such as addictions and deaths of loved ones during the recording and mixing of 1999's stripped-down and heavier sounding ''[[World Coming Down]]''. As a result, the album heavenly relies on mournful deaths of loved ones, such as "[[Everyone I Love Is Dead]]" and "[[Everything Dies]]", as well as about drug abuse and addiction, particularly on the song "[[White Slavery]]". Steele also recounts his experience with psychiatric treatment on the song "[[Who Will Save the Sane?]]". On "[[Pyretta Blaze]]" Steele tells of his sexual fantasy involving fire.
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== Death ==
 
== Death ==
 
''Main article: [[Death of Peter Steele]]''
 
''Main article: [[Death of Peter Steele]]''
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[[Image:Peter Steele Tree.jpg|float|right|267px]]
Peter Steele was enjoying his healthy life free of drugs and alcohol at his home in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and was looking forward to making another Type O Negative record. However on April 14, 2010 Peter Steele died reportedly of a heart failure at the age of just 48. Further autopsy revealed that he died from {{wp|aortic aneurysm}}, which is abnormal enlargement of aorta in his heart. But a 2018 allege file report admitted that he died from {{wp|diverticulitis}} that went untreated.
 
 
On April 14, 2010 Peter Steele died reportedly of a heart failure at the age of just 48. Further autopsy revealed that he died from {{wp|aortic aneurysm}}, which is abnormal enlargement of aorta. Prior to his death, Steele was preparing to write and record a new Type O Negative album. In November 2010, the remaining members of Type O Negative decided to dissolve the band rather than looking for somebody to replace Steele, with [[Johnny Kelly]] stating "Even if there is somebody who could take his place it wouldn't matter. We don't have any interest in continuing. It's impossible – it hasn't even come up in any kind of discussion. When Peter died, Type O Negative died with him."
 
Prior to his death, Steele was preparing to write and record a new Type O Negative album. In November 2010, the remaining members of Type O Negative decided to dissolve the band rather than looking for somebody to replace Steele, with [[Johnny Kelly]] stating "Even if there is somebody who could take his place it wouldn't matter. We don't have any interest in continuing. It's impossible – it hasn't even come up in any kind of discussion. When Peter died, Type O Negative died with him."
 
   
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On November 21, 2011 an oak tree as seen on the image was planted in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY to commemorate Steele.
== External links ==
 
* [https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/9357670/peter-steele-type-o-negative-remembered-interview A Death in the Family: Peter Steele of Type O Negative Remembered]
 
 
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[[Category:Band performers]]

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