ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante has posted the following message on his official web site:
“Okay, I gotta get this out… My mom left us today. She fought her battle as long as she could.

“Thank you all for all your thoughts and prayers.

“My mom was all about letting me follow my dream, she always pushed me in that direction. She was the one who would take me to buy my records, she was the one who would sit through a matinee of all five ‘Planet Of The Apes’ movies, She was the one who got me to be who I am. She was all about her kids and she spread the love to everyone who met her, too. I am going to celebrate her life every day and I will play the [New York City ANTHRAX] show Wednesday [February 8 at Best Buy Theater] for my mom… She always enjoyed the thrash metal.

“If you want to send anything, send it to:
Schuyler Hill Funeral Home 3535 East Tremont Ave Bronx, NY 10465

“You really don’t need to send anything. I’m putting it on here to stop my phone from blowing up.

“Thank you.”

Charlie and ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello, who is Benante‘s nephew, missed several shows on ANTHRAX‘s current North American tour in order to spend time with Charlie‘s mother. Filling in for Bello and Benante are Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING) and Gene Hoglan (TESTAMENT, FEAR FACTORY, DETHKLOK), respectively.

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