Trans-Siberian Orchestra Founder, Paul O’Neill, Dies At Age 61
Paul O’Neill, the hard rock producer who founded the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, has died at the age of 61.
O’Neill was found dead in his room at a Tampa, Florida Embassy Suites late Wednesday afternoon by hotel staff, according to the Associated Press. There was initially no reason to believe any foul play occurred and his band is claiming he died of a chronic illness. A medical examiner is investigating the cause of death.
“The entire Trans-Siberian Orchestra family, past and present, is heartbroken to share the devastating news that Paul O’Neill has passed away from chronic illness,” the band said in a statement.
“He was our friend and our leader–a truly creative spirit and an altruistic soul. This is a profound and indescribable loss for us all,” the statement read.
O’Neill was a rock producer and manager who was best known for putting the famous rock orchestra together in 1995. The band itself is best known for its debut album, “Christmas Eve and Other Stories.”