Renowned hardcore guitarist Todd Youth, best known for his work in Danzig, Murphy’s Law, Warzone & Fireburn, has passed away at the age of 47.
Youth’s Fireburn bandmate Israel Joseph has confirmed the sad news on his personal Facebook page today, writing:
“On the passing of my friend, and my Brother Todd Youth
There are no words to express how sad I am at the passing of my brother Todd Youth. The music he made will forever be remembered, and I’m so thankful that I was able to work with him and that we created Fireburn together.
Todd and I were living separate lives doing hardcore and reggae music. We met each other in 1992 and then never spoke again until 2017. We created Fireburn within two weeks of knowing each other and finished writing two of my favorite hardcore records that I ever worked on: “Don’t stop the youth”, and “Shine”. Closed casket records signed the band and we were on our way. We had great shows and lots of people showed up to them. We toured with gbh from England, hung out with the guys from Negative Approach, and got our blessings about our music and our records from the Bad Brains.
I know that Todd is now resting in peace and I know that Krishna is taking his soul to a better place. He was a devout Hari Krishna and The Devout human being. Todd wherever you are I hope that we will make music again one day. Life is a circle and I know I’ll meet you again in that circle brother. We will meet again.
Rest In Peace, Rest In Power, rest my brother. I am saddened that we cannot make music again together, but I am happy that you are finally going home to be with Krishna that Haile Selassie has finally giving you peace and comfort my brother. one day, I too will lay down and die. This body that I ware is temporary. I will probably be alone. They’re probably be no one around me. However I know that I will join you and all of our other friends in that good place and we’ll all see each other again.
I’m sorry you died Todd. I’m sorry I can’t see you again. I’m sorry I wasn’t there to help you. You are my friend and my brother and I love you. Rest in peace my brother. May your visit to our Heavenly Home be full of peace, and comfort, and closeness to Krishna. Haribo. Haile Selassie I. FIREBURN.”
Youth’s cause of death has not been made public.
Meanwhile, tributes to the beloved axeman have begun poring in on social media from the likes of Hatebreed and more.
You can have a read some of them below.
— Hatebreed (@hatebreed) October 27, 2018
REST IN POWER, TODD YOUTH. Todd “Youth” Schofield (1971 – 2018), Agnostic Front, Warzone, Murphy’s Law, D Generation, Danzig, Samhain, Son Of Sam, Glenn Campbell, Motörhead, Cheap Trick, Bloodclot, Fireburn… pic.twitter.com/daTAXHyo3Q
— Ryan J. Downey (@ryandowney) October 27, 2018
Sad to hear of the passing of Todd Youth. Worked with him in Bloodclot and he was a member of tons of influential bands
— Brian Slagel (@brianslagel) October 27, 2018
So saddened to hear that @ToddYouth has passed away. I knew Todd. Talented guy who played in many great bands including one of my favorites @DGenerationRock . I also once saw him play in @myMotorhead . #RIPToddYouth . Condolences to friends and family
— Eddie Trunk (@EddieTrunk) October 27, 2018
Been hearing the sad news about the death of Todd Youth this morning. From Rev #1 to shredding with Violent Reaction last year, we’ve all grown up with his music. RIP, friend. pic.twitter.com/xYkFh873Gc
— Revelation Records (@RevelationRecs) October 27, 2018
RIP Todd Youth. We played together in my solo band for one show in Northern California in the Redwoods a couple years ago. Very sad for your family and friends. thanks for the music Todd https://t.co/nAQL9bsbAI
— Sebastian Bach (@sebastianbach) October 27, 2018
REST IN PEACE MY BROTHA!!!
I AM SO UPSET RIGHT NOW CAUSE YOU WERE LIVING YOUR LIFE & YOU WERE DOING YOUR THANG.
YOU ALWAYS SHOWED ME LOVE ESPECIALLY WHEN I WAS COMING UP IN THIS… https://t.co/eqIPbgGKPd
— DANNY DIABLO (@DannyDiablo) October 27, 2018