Paul O'Neill, the producer who put together Christmas-inspired prog-metal group Trans-Siberian Orchestra, has died. The group's Facebook page reported the news Wednesday night, saying he had been suffering from a chronic illness. He was 61.
"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," the group's Facebook page announced. "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."
Paul and the entire TSO has always been family to all of us at Magic 1077. Every year the show was in town, Paul extended himself to our listeners and his Orlando fans. Whether it was band memoriabelia or cash out of his own pocket, it seemed Paul couldn't give enough.
We'll miss you Paul and all you've done for those of us who love you.