Chuck Schuldiner (May 13, 1967 – December 13, 2001) was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist.
Schuldiner was the singer, songwriter, and guitarist of the band Death, which he founded in 1983. He also recorded as guitarist and songwriter with his other band, Control Denied. Schuldiner is often referred to as “The Father of Death Metal. Schuldiner was ranked No. 10 in Joel Mclver’s book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists in 2009 and No.20 in March 2004 Guitar World’s “The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists”.
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Schuldiner died on December 13, 2001, at approximately 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. He was cremated and MTV reported that recording artists, including Mike Patton, Dimebag Darrell, Glen Benton, King Diamond, Trey Azagthoth and Max Cavalera, along with all of the former and active members of Death, attended his memorial service.
Death had sold over 2 million albums worldwide, with over 500,000 copies sold by December 2009 in the U.S. alone (excluding the numerous sales before the SoundScan era) making them the top-selling death metal band worldwide, and only topped in the U.S. by Cannibal Corpse.