Ralph Santolla

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Ralph Santolla
Santolla performing in 2008
Santolla performing in 2008
Background information
Born(1969-12-08)December 8, 1969
United States
OriginTampa, Florida, United States
DiedJune 6, 2018(2018-06-06) (aged 48)
GenresHeavy metal, death metal, technical death metal, thrash metal, hard rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, keyboards, drums
Years active1989–2018

Ralph Santolla (December 8, 1969 – June 6, 2018) was an American metal guitarist. He played in many bands, most recently Deicide, but also including Eyewitness, Death (he never recorded any of their albums, but toured with them in 1993 and appeared in "The Philosopher" video), Millenium, Iced Earth, and the Sebastian Bach band. He was well known for his shred guitar playing style.

On May 31, 2018, it was reported that Santolla had suffered a heart attack and fallen into a coma.[1] He was taken off life support and died on June 6, 2018, aged 48.[2][3][4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Blabbermouth (31 May 2018). "Former DEICIDE And OBITUARY Guitarist RALPH SANTOLLA Is In A Coma After Suffering Heart Attack". BLABBERMOUTH.NET.
  2. Bogner, Ivona (6 June 2018). "Ralph Santolla dead at 48!".
  3. Everley, Dave (June 6, 2018). "Former Death/Sebastian Bach guitarist Ralph Santolla to be taken off life support". Metal Hammer Magazine. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  4. "Deicide, Iced Earth Guitarist Ralph Santolla in Coma Following Heart Attack". Revolver. June 5, 2018. Retrieved June 6, 2018.