Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Paul Raven - Rest In Peace 1961 - 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007 - The 13th Planet family is saddened to confirm the devastating news of the sudden and unexpected death of Ministry's bassist, Paul Raven. Raven was working with French recording artists Treponem Pal on their new collaboration with Ted Parsons (ex-Prong/ex-Killing Joke/Jesu) and members of The Young Gods in a small village on the French/Swiss border. Initial reports indicate Raven's passing was the result of a heart attack.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Raven's family and friends around the world. His love of life, artistic creations and joyful laughter touched and moved all of us deeply. The loss of this extraordinary artist, unique individual and loyal friend will be felt by many. The impact of his talents will be remembered forever but his contribution to the lives of everyone who knew him is his greatest legacy.
13th Planet has dedicated a page to the life and art of Paul Vincent Raven here.
"Although I too am shocked and deeply saddened at the tragic loss of such a close comrade, I can't help feeling joy because he truly lived life to the fullest. He touched so many lives in his brief time here. My mind is swimming with all the wonderful memories of him, my dear friend Paul Raven."
-- John Bechdel
"Raven spent many years touring and often slept anywhere but in his bunk, usually a couch in the lounge. Always carrying his goofy side around for laughs. Raven knew the best tattoo shops, bars, comic book stores, and odd hole in the wall places the world over. Never lost, as every city was familiar to him in his some twenty years of touring. Raven is missed by his parents and brother, five children, spouses,family,friends and many fans across the world."
-- Leanne Keefer Bechdel (John's Wife)
False Icons (John Bechdel)