Legendary Vocalist Steve Grimmett (GRIM REAPER, ONSLAUGHT) Passes Away at 62

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Legendary vocalist Steve Grimmett has passed away at 62. As first reported by his brother Mark..

“I don’t really know where to start so I guess I will just come right out with it. It is with great sadness and a very heavy heart that I have to tell you all as many of you know him my very talented brother Steve Grimmett very sadly passed away today, my heart goes out to Millie his wife my Mum and Dad, Russell , Sami and Ethan . I will miss you more than words will ever say , love you bro xx.”

This was later confirmed by Steve’s wife Millie….

“This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to write but it’s with a heavy & shattered heart to say that my beloved Steve died suddenly & unexpectedly on Monday 15th August.

“Wait for me my love. Until we are together again. Your Millie xxx”


Grimmett burst on the scene as vocalist with the legendary NWOBHM band GRIM REAPER. His soaring vocals and incredible range helped influence future generations of metal vocalists. Along with guitarist/founder Nick Bowcott, GRIM REAPER released three incredible and highly influential albums before the band split up in 1989.

Grimmett went on to front thrash band ONSLAUGHT and was featured on their 1989 album In Search of Sanity. In 2006, after legal issues prevented him from resurrecting GRIM REAPER, he did the next best thing and created STEVE GRIMMETT’S GRIM REAPER, releasing two albums, 2016’s Walking in the Shadows and 2019’s At The Gates.

On January 17, 2017 doctors in Ecuador removed Steve’s right leg below the knee due to an aggressive infection. He remained in hospital for several weeks before being discharged. He has since toured extensively throughout the world. Earlier this year he was talking of another tour.

Stephen M. Grimmett.
August 19, 1959 – August 15, 2022
R.I.P