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AMON AMARTH Members Comment On DECAPITATED Drummer's Passing - Nov. 2, 2007
Swedish metallers AMON AMARTH have released the following statement:

"It's with deep shock and sadness we have received the tragic news of the death of Witold 'Vitek' Kieltyka, drummer in DECAPITATED, and we want to express our deepest condolences to his family and friends. We were really looking forward to touring North America with DECAPITATED, and the news of the accident came as a real shock. We also want to send our best well wishes to Adrian 'Covan' Kowanek, who also was injured in the accident, and we sincerely hope that he will recover soon."

As BLABBERMOUTH.NET reported earlier today, Witold "Vitek" Kieltyka passed away in a Russian hospital from injuries sustained in a recent road collision. He was 23 years old.

Vitek and DECAPITATED singer Covan (real name: Adrian Kowanek) were hurt in an accident earlier in the week involving DECAPITATED's tour bus and a truck carrying wood in Gomel, on the Russia/Belarus border. Both musicians reportedly sustained serious head injuries in the collision, which is believed to have been the fault of the band's driver (although this has not yet been officially confirmed).

According to the Polish Internet portal Onet.pl, Vitek underwent trepanation, a form of surgery in which a hole is drilled or scraped into the skull, and was due to be transported to a hospital in Krakow, Poland for further treatment.

Covan's family released a statement yesterday (Thursday, November 1) that the vocalist's condition had improved. At the time, the vocalist was still said to be at a hospital in Novozybkov, Russia, where he and Vitek were taken following the accident.
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COMMENT |
posted by : hasse78
11/2/2007 9:41:49 AM

Only the good die young (maiden song).
RIP. :(

COMMENT | R.I.P.
posted by : ivan_mex
11/2/2007 9:48:10 AM

=[ BAD WAY TO START A DAY LIKE THIS ONE ITS FUCING BAND TO READ THIS NEW´S MY CONDOLENCE TO MEAL COMUNITY AND SPACIAL TO VITEKS´FAMILY AND 23 IS NOT AN AGE TO GO....

COMMENT | ...
posted by : Theblastmaster
11/2/2007 9:57:51 AM

I'm so incredibly sorry to hear this, I'm speachless


Witold, may you find eternal peace my brother...

COMMENT | damn
posted by : KingOfAllKlings
11/2/2007 10:10:57 AM

this is horrendous news. you will be missed my friend.

COMMENT |
posted by : hybrid-god
11/2/2007 10:14:40 AM

FUCK! Rest In Peace brother! HORNS UP!!!!!!!!

COMMENT |
posted by : deadlie13
11/2/2007 10:18:56 AM

This fucking sucks! I just stood there with my jaw on the floor every time I saw the guy play! RIP

COMMENT | another blow
posted by : decomposing1
11/2/2007 10:33:31 AM

To the metal community. Loss of great talent is never easy.

COMMENT |
posted by : Jac
11/2/2007 11:18:07 AM

It is sad we lost such a great drummer, I can't even imagine what the family or the band is going through. My condolensces to to everyone, it's still hard to admit he is gone,but his drumming skills will live on

-Jaci Krusade

COMMENT | This is terrible!
posted by : Dani
11/2/2007 11:37:15 AM

So young and still had so much ahead of him, now he's gone and we'll never see/hear him play ever again, except in recordings already made! Indeed, a terrible loss to the metal community, what is to happen to the genre if all the great ones keep dying??

R.I.P. Witold! Hails! Already you are missed!

COMMENT | From Portugal Fans
posted by : Muppet
11/2/2007 11:52:48 AM

R.I.P Witold 'Vitek' Kieltyka

COMMENT | R.I.P. Brother
posted by : Grimmett4Life
11/2/2007 11:58:03 AM

Indeed, a terrible way to wake up today. Such a great talent is yet again lost. My condolences to his friends and family and my hopes for a speedy recovery for Covan. Hails to our fallen brother!!!!

COMMENT | This F*CKING sucks!!!
posted by : PossessedbyMetal_87
11/2/2007 12:07:06 PM

A great musician, and a nice guy.


I first saw these guys live w/ VADER in Fall or Winter '05. Aside from that, after their set Vitek was the ONLY Metaller signing autographs and taking pictures with his fans...
You will be missed, man. Rest In Peace.


Cheerz! 666

COMMENT | RIP Vitek
posted by : Kickenitwithkeiser
11/2/2007 12:08:57 PM

LEGENDS NEVER DIE

COMMENT |
posted by : TotalFuckingDeath
11/2/2007 12:37:31 PM

This is devastating. Rest in piece. One of the best drummers I've ever listened to and probably a great person.

COMMENT | Read this with tears:((((
posted by : Solitudinis
11/2/2007 1:24:12 PM

Its never easy to hear about someone's passing... and at such a tender age:( Such a loss...
I send my deepest respects to his family and Decapitated!
There are many that live without us knowing that they live but his memory will live on!!!

COMMENT |
posted by : king of the demise
11/2/2007 1:51:38 PM

Its sad that a talented man dies and emo bands are still alive.

RIP, Oden has called you home

COMMENT | Damn
posted by : SlackerOne
11/2/2007 2:18:47 PM

when I read the headline I thought this was a football story. I immediately started crying when I discovered this wasn't about quarterback stats.

seriously though, "passing" is a lame explanation of death.

COMMENT | Terrible News
posted by : QUINTON ARLEDGE
11/2/2007 2:24:15 PM

Damn, I was going to see them in Charlotte, NC on Nov. 29th.... hearing this news is very sad. Decapitated are awesome and Covan and Vitek were great musicians. I hope Covan can make a full recovery!

COMMENT |
posted by : F--kStummies!
11/2/2007 2:43:30 PM

This is horrible. I am glad I had the privelege of seeing him perform over the summer.

COMMENT | R.I.P. brother
posted by : hell_awaits
11/2/2007 2:59:42 PM

Decapitated was one of my favourite bands and i was planning on seeing them on dec. 14.
this is becoming one of the worst years in metal with the passing of Paul Raven and now Vitek.
Rest in Peace brother..Valhalla awaits

COMMENT | yeah this really sucks
posted by : littlehugs
11/2/2007 3:31:05 PM

RIP VITEK
i hope the amon amarth tour still goes well, and that decapitated is replaced with a wonderful band
i just hope decapitated can continue --> they only have 1 active member left as of now with marting at home and covan hurt
im sure that whatever vogg may be involved in will be incredible, as he is an amazing guitarist
hopefully, this doesnt mean RIP decapitated, i hope they go strong
LONG LIVE GREAT DEATH METAL

COMMENT |
posted by : calibur
11/2/2007 3:40:37 PM

RIP VITEK . I hope Covan gets better

COMMENT |
posted by : WhiteTiger2225
11/2/2007 3:46:24 PM

Damn. I was hoping to see them in december with Amon Amarth. Fuck.

RIP. It's such a tragedy that such a great band received such a horrible blow. Damn good drummer. Wish his family and friends the best.

COMMENT |
posted by : BloodGutter
11/2/2007 3:53:34 PM

R.I.P. Vitek

COMMENT | Sad.
posted by : I Was An Accident Of Birth At The Chemical Wedding
11/2/2007 4:05:33 PM

R.I.P. Vitek will be sorely missed.

COMMENT | RIP
posted by : Children of Wintersun
11/2/2007 4:40:20 PM

This is horrible news. I hope Covan recovers and Vitek's family is ok. I will be praying for them.

I was lucky to see Decapitated this summer at Summer Slaughter and they were amazing. I was planning on seeing them again on the Amon Amarth tour in 4 weeks but that won't be happening. I just hope the tour goes well and they will dedicate this tour to him.

:(

COMMENT |
posted by : raiseyerfists
11/2/2007 5:07:50 PM

awful, awful news

COMMENT |
posted by : I 4 N I
11/2/2007 6:12:07 PM

RIP BRO!!! I remember decapitated toured here with Nile. HEard it was a killer show. Sucks I missed it. Look forward to the amon amarth auckland show.

COMMENT |
posted by : piitti
11/2/2007 8:09:13 PM

RIP vitek cant belive you were so young on first decapitated demo.. it's so good.... Damn he was too young :´( I hope covan rocovers...
best wishes.



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