‘Metal Edge’ Magazine Editor Gerri Miller Has Died

Via Gerri's Facebook.

Sad news for the metal and rock community today, as Gerri Miller, the longtime editor of heavy metal magazine Metal Edge, has passed away. She is believed to have been 67 years old, though this has not been confirmed.

Gerri’s death was announced by her family on her Facebook page. She reportedly passed away this Sunday, March 14th, after a battle with cancer.

For countless hard rock and heavy metal bands, Gerri’s dilligent work and support made their entire careers possible. Metal Edge was the glossy, accessible metal magazine of its time, the mag you could find at the supermarket or in the airport that had Mötley Crüe or Slipknot on the cover. As the editor from 1985 until 2009, when the magazine closed, Gerri watched countless bands rise to fame during her tenure, and championed some of metal’s now-huge acts during their infancies. She was especially close to the arena rock and hair bands of the ’80s, whose careers she helped launch.

“We are saddened by the passing of our friend Gerri Miller,” wrote KISS via their Twitter. “RIP. She was a champion of so many bands during her time at Metal Edge magazine and loved the music and scene of it all. Our deepest sympathies to her family & friends.”

“The sound of Gerri’s camera is the first thing that you hear on our debut album Stick it to ya on the song Eye To Eye,” tweeted Slaughter frontman Mark Slaughter. “Thank you Gerri ….much love always….”

“This sucks!!” tweeted Snake Sabo of Skid Row. “Gerri was so kind to our band and so many others in our early days and beyond. You could always count on her support. She played a big part in our success. So sorry for all of her family and friends (of which there were many). You will be missed.”

Everyone at The Pit sends their deepest condolences out to Gerri’s friends, family, fans and coworkers during this very difficult time.

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Words by Chris Krovatin