A hero of the Fire Department of New York and hero in the metal community has past away. An unfortunate event took his life, as William “Bill” Tolley was fighting a fire in Queens, NY apartments. After falling through a roof, a routine task all firefighter perform during a fire, Bill lost his life doing what he loved. This amazing friend, brother and hero will be remembered. His band Internal Bleeding mourns his loss, and issued a statement on the release of their single “Final Justice” out today.
The band adds:
“Rest in Peace our brother William ‘Bill’ Tolley. Drummer. Brother. Firefighter. Hero. Friend. Life will never be the same without him. We love you, Bill. Slam On.” – INTERNAL BLEEDING
With those deepest thoughts the band continues on, as those were the drummer’s final wishes.
INERNAL BLEEDING drummer and veteran FDNY firefighter Bill Tolley passed away Thursday, April 20th after falling five stories from a rooftop while battling a two-alarm apartment fire in Queens, New York. Tolley leaves behind a wife and eight-year-old daughter.
Said Tolley’s bandmates upon his tragic passing, “Our drummer, the heartbeat of the band, William Tolley, died today. There are zero words to describe the loss. He was a good, decent, and honorable man who loved his friends, his family, and the people he served. There will never be another like him. There are no words to describe the utter sadness and despair we feel right now. Bill was our rock, our heart, and supplier of insane laughter. The music world lost a very influential drummer, and the world lost a friend, a father, and a damn good man. We love you Bill.”
Today, marks the release of INTERNAL BLEEDING‘s digital single, “Final Justice.” The track serves as a teaser from the band’s forthcoming full-length, Corrupting Influence and the band planned to celebrate today’s release with a new video for the track. INTERNAL BLEEDING wishes to unveil the clip today as planned in Tolley’s honor. “Bill would want that more than anything. It will mean so much.”
We woke up to this tragedy and the sad news of our brother in arms, today we wish him a farewell and a slam on salute. To a hero, father, brother and friend our team wishes deepest thoughts to his family and loved ones.
Out of respect for the band and his family, we will not feature the track until Monday morning.
SLAM ON WILLIAM “BILL” TOLLEY
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