This past Saturday (June 11), it was confirmed that singer Seth Putnam of Anal Cunt has passed away. It is suspected at the moment that the grindcore/noisecore singer died from a heart attack. Putnam was 43 years old.
Putnam is best known for Anal Cunt’s seomtimes tasteless sense of humor. Many times, the song titles were more memorable than the music itself, with titles like “Pottery Is Gay,” “I Sold Your Dog To A Chinese Restaurant,” and “Women: Nature’s Punching Pag.” He also appeared in many side projects and provided numerous guest vocals appearances, including an appearance on Pantera’s The Great Southern Trendkill. Putnam’s battle with drug addiction has also been well documented, including one incident where Putnam was hospitalized after ODing and lapsing into a coma in 2004. While some might have learned from their mistakes, Putnam continued to live life on his own terms, and can be seen in an infamous photo from last year receiving a blowjob while shooting heroin (no, we’re not linking to it – you can google it if you’re that morbidly curious).
Anal Cunt confirmed the news about Putnam’s passing via MySpace, saying:
“It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce this: Seth Putnam passed away peacefully in his sleep yesterday. Seth lived every day…”
The news was first confirmed by the band’s publicist Kim Kelly of Catharsis PR via her blog [note: Kelly made the following on her own will and not as an official statement on behalf of Anal Cunt], saying the following:
“Yes, it’s true. Seth Putnam, one of the most infamous musicians that extreme metal has ever seen, the grindcore GG Allin, has passed away due to a heart attack.
I handled all the promotion for Anal Cunt’s last album, Fuckin’ A, and Seth was always happy to oblige any request I sent his way. The band had been working on a new album before his passing, so chances are his musical career’s epitaph has yet to be inscribed.
I want to remind everyone that no matter how outrageous and controversial his musical career has been, Seth was still a human being with friends and family that loved him. I’m hoping that the Internet will remember that. This is a very sad and trying time for those that knew him, and the last thing they need to see is an outpouring of message board hate. The man lived and died by his own rules; if anything, respect him for that.”
We’ll keep you posted if more is confirmed regarding Putnam’s death. Our best wishes go out to Putnam’s friends and family.