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'''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.
 
'''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.
   
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.
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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.
   
 
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.
 
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.

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