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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Meet Randy Blythe's Alleged Victim Daniel N. (RIP); Bands Manager Is Confident That The Case Will Be Dropped!

As previously reported, Randy Blythe was arrested Wednesday (June 27) at the Prague airport on manslaughter charges. Blythe, 41, who was represented by two lawyers in court, is accused of causing the fatal injury that occurred at LAMB OF GOD's May 24, 2010 show in Prague. The singer apparently either pushed or struck a 19-year-old fan named Daniel who had come on stage, and that person died 14 days later of bleeding in the brain.

According to Blesk.cz, the mother of Daniel N., who played guitar in a Czech metal band, is still coming to terms with her son's passing. A year after the 19-year-old's tragic death, she wrote on a social-networking site, "Approaching the date when you went to your last concert. I'm not gonna make it without you and I'm totally heartbroken. I hope we meet together soon. Life without you is miserable!"

A three-minute video report from Czech Republic's Prima TV featuring photos and video footage of the fan who died of fatal injuries allegedly sustained at a LAMB OF GOD concert more than two years ago can be seen below.

As the band's manager, Larry Mazer, told Rolling Stone on Tuesday, "We were told on Saturday that he had been approved by the judge for bail – $200,000 – and if we paid it, he would be released probably this morning. We all went to bed thinking that he would be out. I had flights booked for him to come back. And then at 4 o'clock this morning – because they're six hours ahead – I received a call from the lawyer in the Czech Republic telling us that the prosecution was challenging the bail, and because of that, he wouldn't be released today." 

Mazer has spoken to Blythe's bandmates, and no one recalls the incident in question. "However, there are YouTube videos, which 100 percent show Randy's innocence. As a matter of fact, all of those videos have now been sent to our lawyer, and he's presenting it to the judge tomorrow morning [July 4th]. This case is so full of holes. Nobody reported an injury of any kind at the concert, or after the concert. It was at least an hour to two hours later, supposedly, when this kid went to a hospital.

"So that's number one – why did nothing occur during the show? Number two, he had supposedly been in a coma for 30 days, but it wasn't [until] a couple of months later that they contacted the promoter to ask his understanding of the events. He said the same thing – that the show went on fine, no nothing, no incidents. They told him that a person had been injured, which led to a death, which he had no knowledge of whatsoever. And then it went away. Two years go by, and Randy gets arrested."

Watch some videos of the Randy Blythe incident
The crime of which Blythe is being accused is punishable by up to ten years in prison, according to popular Czech news web site Novinky.cz.
A number of Blythe's fellow rockers have come to his defense, with many of them citing the 2004 shooting death onstage of PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott as the reason why musicians are so defensive nowadays about fans invading the stage. Read some of the comments from the Heavy Music community!

Click here to read a statement from the bands publicist.

Stay tuned for more information about this story.

Related links:
Lamb Of God's Official Site

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