ASOMVEL Frontman Killed In Car Crash

October 23, 2010

Jay Jay Winter, the lead singer and bassist of the U.K.-based metal band ASOMVEL (MySpace page),was killed in a car crash this past Monday, October 18. He was 43 years old.The surviving members of the band said in a statement, "[Jay] was driving home when en route he was forced off the road by another driver's incompetence. Jay later died in hospital from the injuries he sustained.

"Jay was a great man; he was one of the most honest, forthright and brutally truthful people you could ever hope to meet. With his razor-sharp wit and frank opinions, he was loved and respected by all of his peers in the U.K. metal community because of his strength of character. He was generous and helpful to a fault with people who deserved it, and sometimes even with people who didn't deserve it. Such was his love of fair play and the underdog getting the upper hand. He was more than just a bandmate, he was also a family member and a true friend.

"We are all stunned by this turn of events and hope that you will all understand why all our forthcoming gigs are now cancelled."

According to, the crash happened at about 7:50 a.m. when a grey BMW 320 and the red Citroen Berlingo van Winter was driving, both travelling towards York from Leeds, collided. The Berlingo van left the carriageway and careered into a fence.

Winter, who lived in Leeds and worked as a joiner, was pronounced dead at the scene.

It is thought he was on his way to a job in York when the accident happened. The BMW driver was uninjured.

Police want to hear from anyone who saw the collision. Witnesses should phone Traffic Constable Dave Hunter on 0845 6060247.

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