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Chuck Schuldiner

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Chuck Schuldiner

Chuck Schuldiner
Background information
Birth name Charles Michael Schuldiner
Born May 13, 1967(1967-05-13)
Died December 13, 2001(2001-12-13) (aged 39)
Genres metal
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments guitar / vocals
Years active 1983-2001

Schuldiner was the singer, songwriter, rhythm and lead guitarist of the band Death, which he founded in 1983, initially under the name Mantas.


Battle with cancer

In May 1999, Schuldiner experienced pain in his upper neck and numbness in his right arm / hand, which he initially thought was a pinched nerve. He consulted with a chiropractor who recommended an MRI. Schuldiner was diagnosed with pontine glioma, a type of brain cancer that invades the brain stem, and immediately underwent radiation therapy.

In late October/early November 2001, Schuldiner became ill with pneumonia.

He died on December 13 2001. He is buried in Tampa, Florida.


Chuck once described himself as "a lover of life", "friendship", and "animals." "I would like to live forever, if it was possible", he once said in an interview.


Control Denied
Chuck Schuldiner
With Voodoocult
  • 1994: Killer Patrol Single
  • 1994: Metallized Kids Single
  • 1994: Jesus Killing Machine Full-length


Schuldiner's primary guitar was the B.C. Rich Stealth model, an extremely rare model available only through the BC Rich custom shop until 2008, when it was released to the public as the Chuck Shuldiner Tribute Stealth.


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