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An Important Message From Avenged Sevenfold On UK Teen’s Suicide & Suicide Prevention.
April 30, 2014, 11:28 am
Filed under: Avenged Sevenfold

Avenged Sevenfold have posted an important message regarding a recent UK teen’s suicide and suicide prevention:

To all of our loyal fans, friends, followers and supporters.

Recently we heard about the tragic suicide of a 16 year old from the UK who was listening to music and watching videos of, among others, Avenged Sevenfold and an older project of some band members, Pinkly Smooth, in the hours prior to his death. We want you all to know that we are devastated and heartbroken for his family, friends and community. Their pain must be unimaginable and our condolences go out to them. Experts in the field of suicide have assured us that there are always many things that go into a tragedy like this, and while music can play a powerful role in someone’s life, it does not cause something like this to happen, especially not alone. Research shows that 90% of those who take their life have a brain illness, or a mental illness, going on at the time of their death. This is something most people don’t want to talk about and that keeps them from getting the good help and treatments that are out there.

The news of this young man’s death has shaken all of us in the band. Fan or not, no one should have to feel such hopelessness. It has also made us more committed than ever to do something about it so that it doesn’t happen again. If you’ve been among our faithful followers, you know that we are part of a huge event coming up on May 10th – the Rise Above Fest. We couldn’t be more honored and happy to be part of this event in support of Seether’s efforts to help raise awareness about the realities of suicide. They have partnered with a great non-profit organization that is dedicated to suicide prevention – SAVE – Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, is one of the leading organizations of its kind in the world. We have reached out to SAVE and will do our part to join their fight against the stigma of suicide and mental illnesses. We want to make a difference and you can too.

If you are in the Bangor, Maine part of the country on May 10th, come to the festival ( If you can’t be there, check out the online auction where you can find some autographed items that we have provided to help raise money for SAVE – your donation will go directly to helping prevent another tragedy leaving so many to question “why”. If you want to learn more about suicide prevention, visit

On behalf of all of us in the band, our management, crew, and our families please know that you too can get through it. Don’t ever give up! Together, let’s make sure no one else dies this way.

– Avenged Sevenfold


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If you or anyone you know is dealing with suicidal thoughts you can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 24/7.

Comment by Deathbat News

And THIS is why I love these guys. Nuff said.

Comment by Madeline

I live in the UK and the Daily Mail is one of the main newspapers here. Even though it’s one of the main papers, it’s also the worst one for lies and bullshitting, excuse my foul language but it has to be said. They always have, and always will be like that. They have no experience or knowledge in this field and therefore have no reason to point the finger and blame people when they don’t know the reasons why. The Daily Mail have always had a problem with rock/metal music. The same happened with My Chemical Romance back in 2006, I believe. They are just hypocritical stereotypes

Comment by Ellie

It’s important to talk to someone, too. I’ve had people talk me down and I’m not proud of it. But talking to them helped and I’m glad I stuck around. Find someone you trust, no matter who they might be, and talk to them before ending your life. It really does get better.

Comment by aightball

I hope the kid found his little piece of heaven, just pitty it had to be this way , hope avenged and many other bands can help prevent more situations like this

Comment by Anonymous

If you’re in So Cal area and need help with the effects of this, contact me. I specialize in counseling for those effected by tragedies.

Comment by Deb Trozzi

For anyone looking for UK support or advice on depression and suicide please contact They’re a great organization the DevilBearRock team have been involved in raising money for their charity in the past.

And no matter how dark it gets, you’re not alone.

Comment by Cheryl & Bec - DevilBearRock

I know A7X truly is sincere and deeply saddened. I am sorry this happened to this young man. I know this will create a change for many.

Comment by Anonymous

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