Former DEICIDE / OBITUARY Guitarist Ralph Santolla Dies at 48
As was revealed yesterday, Ralph Santolla was going to be taken off life support today, June 6th. The former Deicide and Obituary guitarist fell into a coma after suffering a heart attack last week.
Santolla's mother, Sue Santolla-Rocha has been keeping friends, family and fans updated and she confirmed the news this morning that Ralph is no longer suffering:
Good morning. Just so we all start to heal, Ralph Santolla is not laying on that bed at St Joseph Hospital. He has gone, and he is happy and at peace in heaven. I want to start your day with a little humor. My wonderful mother and Ralph grandmother passed away three years ago. One of my friends was trying to console me, Fred Parker, and had the comment that Ralph would be playing music for his Nannie..it just made me laugh to visualize Ralph playing heavy metal for his Nannie. OMG….it would be so funny… His Nannie was an amazingly strong woman and she would tell him, cut it down, and play something decent. I ❤ my son more than anyone can imagine, my heart is broken..but I know he loved me unconditionally and will always be with me. It is the same with all of us, he will be with you everyone, everyday and his love will surround us now and forever.i wanted to tell everyone that I have thousands of messages…I just can’t deal with it right now but I love each of you.
Santolla has played guitar for everybody from Death to Deicide, Obituary, Iced Earth and Sebastian Bach.
His mother has said that unreleased music from his most recent project, Devil's Highway, would be released eventually.