The hardcore and metal community are in shock and very sad from the breaking news that legendary NYHC guitarist Todd Youth has passed away. He leaves behind a legacy of creativity that saved countless people’s lives. Hardcore will never be the same.
Todd’s Fireburn bandmate Ras Israel Joseph I (also of Bad Brains Rise fame ) posted on Facebook:
On the passing of my friend, and my Brother Todd Youth
There are no words to express how sad I am at the passing of my brother Todd Youth. The music he made will forever be remembered, and I’m so thankful that I was able to work with him and that we created Fireburn together. Todd and I were living separate lives doing hardcore and reggae music. We met each other in 1992 and then never spoke again until 2017. We created Fireburn within two weeks of knowing each other and finished writing two of my favorite hardcore records that I ever worked on: “Don’t stop the youth”, and “Shine”. Closed casket records signed the band and we were on our way. We had great shows and lots of people showed up to them. We toured with gbh from England, hung out with the guys from Negative Approach, and got our blessings about our music and our records from the Bad Brains. I know that Todd is now resting in peace and I know that Krishna is taking his soul to a better place. He was a devout Hari Krishna and The Devout human being. Todd wherever you are I hope that we will make music again one day. Life is a circle and I know I’ll meet you again in that circle brother. We will meet again. Rest In Peace, Rest In Power, rest my brother. I am saddened that we cannot make music again together, but I am happy that you are finally going home to be with Krishna that Haile Selassie has finally giving you peace and comfort my brother. one day, I too will lay down and die. This body that I ware is temporary. I will probably be alone. They’re probably be no one around me. However I know that I will join you and all of our other friends in that good place and we’ll all see each other again. I’m sorry you died Todd. I’m sorry I can’t see you again. I’m sorry I wasn’t there to help you. You are my friend and my brother and I love you. Rest in peace my brother. May your visit to our Heavenly Home be full of peace, and comfort, and closeness to Krishna. Haribo. Haile Selassie I. FIREBURN.
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Today is a extremely sad day for the NYHC Scene. Our friend, brother and early member of Agnostic Front Todd Youth has passed. This is a very hard time for his immediate family and those that were close to him, so we ask that you please respect his family by giving them the space they need as they move through the initial stages of this tragedy. There is still a lot unknown, in the meantime thank you for respecting their wishes. Rest In Peace my brother, please say hi to Raybeez for me ?
REST IN PEACE MY BROTHA!!!
I AM SO UPSET RIGHT NOW CAUSE YOU WERE LIVING YOUR LIFE & YOU WERE DOING YOUR THANG.
YOU ALWAYS SHOWED ME LOVE ESPECIALLY WHEN I WAS COMING UP IN THIS… https://t.co/eqIPbgGKPd
— DANNY DIABLO (@DannyDiablo) October 27, 2018
Rest in Peace Todd Youth. Thanks for all the great music. True NYHC legend.
— All Out War 666 (@mikescore1) October 27, 2018
Just hearing that Todd Youth has passed away. Sad news to hear. RIP Todd Youth.
— Danko Jones (@dankojones) October 27, 2018
Love, blessings & a safe journey to Todd Youth. #NYHC
— Mina Caputo (@MinaCaputo) October 27, 2018
rip todd youth. what a sad day. here is some positive energy in the form of reposting the article we did on the warzone tribute from Tompkins, a day that had so much positive energy that infected everyone who was there with inspiration for years to come.https://t.co/RsQjjogpYm pic.twitter.com/GWuXceJYm9
— MetalRiot.com (@MetalRiot) October 27, 2018