Sad news for the metal and hardcore world today, as Corey Steger, founding guitarist for Floridian metalcore crew Underoath, has died. He is believed to have been 42 at the time of his death, but this has not yet been confirmed.
Corey was apparently killed during a car wreck which, according to the memorial posted about him on Instagram by former Underoath vocalist and Maylene and the Sons of Disaster frontman Dallas Taylor, involved getting rear-ended in an accident:
“I don’t know how to type this. I’m without words. Yesterday 3/17/2021 at around 6:00 p.m. Corey Steger one of the original founding members of Underoath was rear ended in a car wreck, and went home to be with the Lord. Him, and his family have had such an impact during my accident, and recovery. I still remember him washing my hair in ICU just wanting to love on me, and be there for me. He is one of the kindest souls I’ve ever known. I really cannot wrap my head around this, and I don’t even know what to type. I love you Corey you are one of the greatest closest friends I’ve ever known. My heart is completely broken for his wife, kids, and his family if you can please keep them in your prayers.”
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Steger was one of Underoath’s original guitarists, joining the band in 1998 shortly after Taylor and lead guitarist Luke Morton began playing together in ’97. Steger appears on the band’s first two album, 1999’s Act of Depression and 2000’s Cries of the Past.
Everyone at The Pit sends their heart out to Steger’s family, friends, fans and collaborators during this difficult time.
Underoath are currently scheduled to play this year’s Furnace Fest in Birmingham, Alabama, on Friday, September 24th.
Words by Chris Krovatin