Metal Comic C.C. Banana Passes Away

Metal Comic C.C. Banana Passes Away

May 21, 2012

Anthony John Confessore, better known as the heavy metal comic C.C. Banana, apparently commited suicide late last night.

In a cryptic message posted on his Facebook page yesterday Confessore stated, “Xanadu has been breached, my friends. Cry “Havoc!” and let slip the vultures and jackals. No more past. No more future. Both have been taken away. If only those who knew less didn’t always think they knew better. It took just one year of Hell to undo a lifetime of hope. I am too lost to be found and too broken to be fixed. Let the Monday morning quarterbacking begin. PS: Kudos to my sister Valerie Swift, my niece Kristin Margetis and my nephew Gregory Confessore for orchestrating the above. Please pray for my mother Mavis, for she is now in their care.”

C.C. Banana was best known for his humorous interviews with members of such bands as Twisted Sister, Quiet Riot, Cinderella, Kiss, L.A. Guns, Winger, Ratt, W.A.S.P. and many others. C.C. was recently in the process of recording a solo album (in commemoration of his 10th anniversary) when his family was struck by severe financial hardship, brought on by the sudden decline of an ailing family member. As a result, Confessore was on the verge of losing the house he had lived in since birth.

In one of his final emails to Confessore said, “Been dealing with this predicament in private since last year, this (auction) is just a last resort. Unless something happens fast and soon, I’ll be homeless in a matter of weeks and I’ll lose everything I’ve ever had. It’s like a nightmare I can’t wake up from. Thank you for always being a friend and supporter, I genuinely hope I am able to return the favor to you someday.”

SplitScreen Entertainment, the company founded by A.J. Confessore, posted the following on their website:

He was the originator and driving force behind the ‘Whole Lotta Love’ project, the rock & roll tribute to all the big girls who make the world so beautiful. A.J. dedicated the last three years of his life to its creation and promotion, even during his final 12 months when he knew his remaining time was short. Requiring more effort, love and sacrifice than anything he’d ever attempted, he regarded ‘Whole Lotta Love’ as his proudest achievement, combining two of his great joys into one passion project. From the outset, Confessore had the loftiest of ideals for this endeavor and its potential to influence positive change in the perception of larger women. Though his plans were sadly cut short before he could realize some of his more ambitious goals, A.J. Confessore left this world believing he had done something worthwhile with ‘Whole Lotta Love’ and knowing that others would carry on where it left off. Enjoy those heavenly bodies, good sir.

SplitScreen Entertainment was the brainchild of its executive producer A.J. Confessore, who never balked at tackling ideas that others might deem far-fetched. Before founding the company in 2003, Confessore honed his craft at such entertainment institutions as The Jim Henson Company, Comedy Central, HBO, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood and Troma Films. He is also a graduate of the prestigious NYU Film & Television program, where his friends and classmates included actor Thomas Lennon, director Eli Roth, author Caprice Crane, TV writer Frank Sebastiano and comedian John Fugelsang. Over the years, A.J. had the privilege of working with a wide variety of industry veterans and mainstays, ranging from director James Cameron to actor Ed Helms to the late John Denver. Once a frequent guest on daytime talk television and a longtime rock radio personality, A.J. also starred in the fan-favorite Star Wars short film series “Silent But Deadly” (winner of Lucasfilm’s “Spirit of Fandom” award). Whether functioning as creator, producer or performer, A.J. Confessore could always be counted upon to deliver something as exceptional as it is unconventional.

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