Former Twisted Sister And Dictators Drummer Richard Teeter Passes Away

Former Twisted Sister And Dictators Drummer Richard Teeter Passes Away

April 11, 2012

Former Dictators and Twisted Sister star Richard Teeter has died at the age of 61.

News of the drummer’s death was confirmed in posts on both bands’ websites, but no other information was available as WENN went to press.

The statement posted on the Twisted Sister site reads, “Twisted Sister is saddened to note the passing of drummer Richie Teeter. Richie was a member of The Dictators with Mark ‘The Animal’ Mendoza and later played drums for Twisted Sister from December 1980 until April 1981. Our thoughts and prayers are with Richie’s family at this time.”

The Dictators add, “Sad news to report on the passing of the former Dictators drummer. Rest in peace, brother.”

Dictators founder Andy Shernoff added, “My last communication with Richie was his request for a vinyl copy of the Dictators compilation ‘Everyday Is Saturday’. Unsurprisingly, he told me he had given up on CD’s and was only listening to music on vinyl. I knew he was going through treatments for esophageal cancer but his ‘gonna beat it’ attitude disguised the difficult stage he was really at. Richie was quite possibly the nicest guy I ever met which makes it even more depressing to acknowledge that he is the first member of the expanded Dictators family to pass away. We beat the odds for so long but time’s relentless march takes no prisoners… it was great to know and play with you my friend, we won’t forget.”

Teeter joined The Dictators in 1976 and played on two of the punk group’s albums before leaving in 1979. He went on to join Twisted Sister in 1980 as a replacement for Tony Petri, but Teeter bowed out in 1981.

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