Howie Pyro, former bassist in Danzig and original member of influential ’90s punk band D Generation, has died at age 61.
DGen’s Jesse Malin confirmed the news Wednesday night in an Instagram post, writing that Pyro “fought real hard right till the end” after a long battle with liver disease.
“He changed my life and so many others in ways I can’t even begin to say,” Malin shared of his late band mate. “We made our world together…I learned so much from him. He made this planet a much better, cooler, weirder, and more beautiful place.”
According to Rolling Stone, Pyro died from COVID-19-related pneumonia.
Pyro, born Howard Kusten, co-founded D Generation alongside Malin in 1991, and the band was a staple of the ’90s New York City punk scene. From 2000 to 2003, he played bass in Danzig, contributing to the 2001 live album Live on the Black Hand Side and the 2002 studio effort Danzig 777: I Luciferi. Pyro was also a prolific DJ.
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