Trans-Siberian Orchestra founder Paul O’Neill has passed away at the age of 61 after battling a chronic illness. O’Neill was a gifted producer and songwriter and has worked with the likes of Aerosmith and Savatage. His unique blend of rock and classical music and flashy stage production resulted in a huge commercial success for Trans-Siberian Orchestra with a live show that has become a Christmas tradition for many.
According to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra Facebook Page:
The entire Trans-Siberian Orchestra family, past and present, is heartbroken to share the devastating news that Paul O’Neill has passed away from chronic illness.
He was our friend and our leader — a truly creative spirit and an altruistic soul. This is a profound and indescribable loss for us all.
We ask that you respect Paul’s family’s privacy now.
We will make additional announcements shortly