The new year is starting out sad for a couple of classic rockers.
Dee Snider’s mother, Marguerite Snider, has died at the age of 86.
Two months ago, she was hit by a car and the Twisted Sister frontman announced her passing on Wednesday (January 3) on Twitter:
Since so many people continue to ask about my mom’s health on social media I have no choice but to respond in kind: My mother, Marguerite Snider, died in her sleep on January 2nd after struggling for the past two months since the car hit her. Rest in peace, Mom. I love you.
Snider was born in Astoria Queens in 1955 to Bob Snider, a New York State trooper, and Marguerite, who was an art teacher.
Also mourning is Adrian Belew (King Crimson) whose brother, Tim, died on Wednesday (January 3). He posted on social media:
my younger brother Tim and I shared a small bedroom on the second floor of my grandmother’s house in Ludlow, Kentucky.
one night the lights were off, time for bed. we were joking and being way too loud when suddenly my father appeared in the doorway. he had his leather belt off folded in half and he made a piercing “whap!!” sound with it. *
then he said, “I better not hear one more peep out of you!” as he turned away and walked back down the hallway, in a tiny little voice my brother Tim said, “peep”.
I could hear my father quietly laughing down the hallway.
last night at 4 a.m. I received a call from a hospital in Northern Kentucky. they said my brother Tim had been brought in to the emergency room coughing up blood. (he was a life-long smoker with a collapsed lung).
my last remaining family member Timothy Bruce Belew had passed away. they couldn’t save him.
he was a kind, simple person with a friendly nature and a good sense of humor. when I spoke with him a few weeks back he told me he was happy with his job of 15 years and his new girlfriend. he told me how proud of me he was and I told him I loved him.
rest in peace, little brother.
*by the way, my father never spanked us. he wouldn’t hurt a flea.
A few hours later, he added:
I suppose it’s normal but I feel strangely empty. I feel weak. like I could go to bed and sleep for a day or two. that’s what I would love to do. here’s the hard part: in 3 hours I will be boarding a plane to LA to begin the Celebrating David Bowie tour of Europe.
I want to thank all of you for your thoughts and condolences. I know Tim is in a better place.