Posted in metal | music on August 6, 2012

"This is about a young man who lost his life. I will act with honor, and I will fight to clear my good name in this matter." - Randy Blythe

Randy Blythe

Randy Blythe of Lamb of God was detained in June and was charged with manslaughter of a fan who died a month after a Lamb of God show that happened in Prague in 2010. The fan died from a brain hemorrhage that was allegedly from a head injury at the show, possibly because Randy pushed him off the stage. Now released and safe and sound in his native Richmond, VA, Randy issued a statement regarding his incarceration, the reaction it received world-wide, and his future regarding the case. Check it out below...

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RANDY BLYTHE'S STATEMENT:

Greetings. This is D. Randall Blythe, checking in from my beloved hometown of Richmond, VA, United States of America. I was recently released on bail from Pankrác Prison in Prague, Czech Republic, after over a month of incarceration. Now that I am out for the moment, I would like to say a few things.

1. While in prison, I had minimal knowledge of how my case was viewed anywhere but the Czech Republic. I was told by my attorney that I had a lot support from peers in the music industry, my hometown, fans, and of course my family. I cannot express how emotional it made me upon my release to read about even a fraction of the voices that were raised on my behalf. From legends in my music community, to fans across the world, and even people who were previously unaware of my existence but sympathized with my plight- I am truly humbled. I cannot thank you enough for your thoughts and prayers. I would especially like to thank the people of Richmond, VA, for standing by me. In the 48 hours I have been home, many people I have never met before have stopped me on the street, waved and smiled as I passed by, or said hello in a restaurant. All have said "We are glad you are home, Randy". You all make me proud and grateful that I call Richmond home.

2. I would like state that I suffered no abuse, from either authorities or inmates, during my incarceration in Pankrác. I received no special treatment, and was in general population with everyone else- make no mistake, it was prison, not some celebrity rehab tv show. But I was treated fairly by the guards and kindly by my fellow inmates. People are dying of starvation all over the world. Men and women are losing their lives daily in the Middle East and other war torn regions. I had food, clothes, shelter, and no one was trying to kill me. I cannot complain over a short stay in prison while many people elsewhere fight to survive on a daily basis.

3. If it is deemed necessary for me to do so, I WILL return to Prague to stand trial. While I maintain my innocence 100%, and will do so steadfastly, I will NOT hide in the United States, safe from extradition and possible prosecution. As I write this, the family of a fan of my band suffers through the indescribably tragic loss of their child. They have to deal with constantly varying media reports about the circumstances surrounding his death. I am charged with maliciously causing severe bodily harm to this young man, resulting in his death. While I consider the charge leveled against me ludicrous and without qualification, my opinion makes no difference in this matter. The charge exists, and for the family of this young man, questions remain. The worst possible pain remains. It is fairly common knowledge amongst fans of my band that I once lost a child as well. I, unfortunately, am intimately familiar with what their pain is like. Therefore, I know all too well that in their time of grief, this family needs and deserves some real answers, not a media explosion followed by the accused killer of their son hiding like a coward thousands of miles away while they suffer. I am a man. I was raised to face my problems head on, not run from them like a petulant child. I hope that justice is done, and the family of Daniel N. will receive the closure they undoubtably need to facilitate healing. I feel VERY STRONGLY that as an adult, it would be both irresponsible and immoral for me not to return to Prague if I am summoned. This is not about bail money. This is about a young man who lost his life. I will act with honor, and I will fight to clear my good name in this matter. Thank you for reading this, and I wish you all peace.


Lamb of God, who cancelled their previously scheduled tour with Gojira (who in turn scheduled some dates on their own), will appear at two shows as part of Knotfest in the coming weeks. Look for the band in Council Bluffs, IA on August 17th and Minneapolis, MN on August 18th. "We are honored to present Lamb of God and thrilled to learn that Randy will be onstage for what is sure to be an amazing moment at KNOTFEST," KNOTFEST organizers said.

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Comments (16)

This is a very tragic news. And I do commend Randy Blythe for releasing a straightforward statement concerning his treatment while detained and understanding for the family who lost their son. Perhaps further autopsy can determine when the brain hemorrhage started occurring? I believe that doctors would be able to determine that. I am a fan of Lamb of God but I also feel sorry for the guy who lost his life. May the truth surface and justice prevail.

Dominick.

Posted by How to lucid dream | August 6, 2012 10:10 AM

I have never attempted to go onto a stage where musicians were actively performing, and I am alive to write this comment. Just saying.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 10:30 AM

Nice statement

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 12:21 PM

Great statement. Haven't cared about them much in recent years, but I've met him a few times and he's definitely a good (albeit occasionally too drunk) guy.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 1:20 PM

Wow.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 1:41 PM

stand up guy. well written statement

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 2:26 PM

It's really hard to sympathize with someone who looks like that.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 2:46 PM

Why is there a photo of McCauley Culkin?

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 3:06 PM

sounds like he is guilty

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 3:16 PM

From what I've read in the news and the sensationalism-filled media reports, it sounds more like a tragic accident. Although the only people that really know are the one's who were there. My heart and thoughts go out to the family, along with Mr. Blythe; I would hate to spend any time in prison let alone a Czech prison.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 4:58 PM

Bravo, excellent statement. Best of luck, keep us posted.

Posted by attorney | August 6, 2012 8:37 PM

"It's really hard to sympathize with someone who looks like that."


Hooray for making stupid, shallow judgements!

You don't, by any chance, look like this, do you?:

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/jamiexx/ps1/21.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 11:25 AM

11:25 - being a pussy is no excuse for being a pussy

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 11:40 AM

That soul patch alone ought to get him 3-5.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 11:46 AM

So are you spreading that comment like feces now 11:40?

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 11:48 AM

very well written. all the best to this young man.

Posted by Anonymous | August 8, 2012 11:49 PM

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