Metal news site reports the band’s keyboard player, Josh Silver, confirmed Steele’s death, saying that while there was no official cause of death released, it is believed to be heart failure.

Type O Negative was known for its hard-driving, sludge-paced sound that bridged a great deal of genres — industrial, punk, metal, goth. Steele’s deep singing voice was at the center of the band’s sound, giving their songs both a menacing quality and at times an almost curiously humorous side on cover songs like their version of Seals and Crofts’ “Summer Breeze”.

Many current metal acts count Type O Negative — which began in 1990 and continuously recorded and played live since — as a major factor in their own sound. Biohazard vocalist Evan Seinfeld called Steele “my single biggest musical influence” on his Twitter account, while Mille Petroza of German thrash metal band Kreator called him “one of my all-time favorite musicians ever.”

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A video of the last Type O concert is located here.