STEVE GRIMMETT Hadn't Been Ill Before His Death: 'To Say This Was A Shock Is An Understatement', Says His Wife

August 17, 2022

Steve Grimmett's wife says that the GRIM REAPER singer wasn't ill prior to his tragic passing this past Monday (August 15). The 62-year-old's death came five years after he had his right leg partially amputated when an infected wound on his foot spread to the bones in his leg partway through his South American tour.

On Tuesday (August 16),Millie Grimmett shared the following message via social media: "Thank you for the thousands of messages of condolences since the passing of my beloved Steve. I'm gradually reading a few at a time but I will get round them all eventually.

"Steve had 2 passions, aeroplanes & being on stage, & it's his fans that made being on stage possible. So thank you from the bottom of my heart for buying tickets, queuing for hours to meet him after a gig (which he was honoured that you all did) & buying his albums. After every gig he would call me to tell me how amazing the crowd were & about the people he met.

"Over the weekend we were talking about our plans for the future. The tours he had coming up this year & next, the album he had half written, which had guest musicians on, the planes he was working on & looking forward to flying & the places we were looking forward to exploring together. Life was amazing. Steve was in the best place, mentally, that he's been since loosing his leg. My heart couldn't have loved him more.

"I found Steve forever asleep at home on Monday 15th August. He hadn't been ill so to say this was a shock is an understatement. His official cause of death has not yet been released by the coroners.

"My heart will forever be broken & my life now incomplete. I long for the day that we are together again. Steve sung a lot about hell but I know he is in heaven waiting for me and watching over his family.

"Please help me keep his music & memory alive by playing everything he ever wrote, sung, produced & did guests slots on. If you don't own it all, buy it, download it. Please keep his 40+ years on this mad industry going. There's plenty of YouTube footage too & we all loved the Beavis & Butthead videos but none more than Steve.

"Steve was known as the Metal Warrior, to me he was My Steve.

"Thank you again. Blessings & prayers. Millie".

Grimmett's life-saving surgery in 2017 was carried out in Ecuador and the frontman was in hospital for just over a month while fans raised $14,000 to bring him home after his insurance company refused to pay because of the type of work he was doing.

GRIM REAPER's story began in 1979 after successfully fighting off hundreds of bands in a local Battle Of The Bands competition. This win, combined with an already sizeable following, aroused the interest of Ebony Records. Signing with the small U.K. label, GRIM REAPER released three albums in rapid succession to international acclaim. Due to legal turmoil with Ebony, GRIM REAPER would disband in 1988. Grimmett would go on to record with ONSLAUGHT, LIONSHEART and more recently THE SANITY DAYS. His renowed vocal range remains one of metal's most identifiable with loyal fans turning out in numbers to hear him perform.

GRIM REAPER was part of the "Hell On Wheels" tour which crossed the States in 1987, alongside ARMORED SAINT and HELLOWEEN.

Grimmett reformed GRIM REAPER in 2006 as STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER following an amicable decision between the singer and original GRIM REAPER guitarist Nick Bowcott, who both agreed that using the original name minus the other members of the classic lineup wouldn't be a proper reunion.

STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER released two studio albums, 2016's "Walking In The Shadows" and 2019's "At The Gates".

Since 2006, STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER had made a number of European festival appearances and toured all around the world.

Earlier this year, Steve told VWMusic that he had "no regrets whatsoever" about how his career panned out. "I should by rights be a millionaire, but I haven't got a penny to my name," he revealed. "I'm on welfare at the moment because of COVID, and a lot of people do think that I am a millionaire, but I can tell you now, I'm not. I've never received a penny ā€” not one penny ā€” from GRIM REAPER, so that says it all, doesn't it? But still, no regrets. I still love getting up there and playing. I still love watching the smiling faces in front of me. That says it all and does it all for me."

Image credit: George S Pogacich

Thank you for the thousands of messages of condolences since the passing of my beloved Steve. Iā€™m gradually reading a...

Posted by Steve Grimmett's Grim Reaper on Tuesday, August 16, 2022

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