Several TYPE O NEGATIVE fans launched a Facebook group called “Peter’s Tree” dedicated to planting a tree at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York in honor of the the band’s late frontman Peter Steele. And this past Monday (November 21), the oak tree dedicated to Steele was planted.
Steele, who died last year, was a nature lover. In fact, the towering frontman actually worked for the Parks Department as a supervisor before TYPE O NEGATIVE‘s touring and recording commitments forced him to quit the day job in order to pursue a career as a full-time musician.
Commented TYPE O NEGATIVE drummer Johnny Kelly: “[The oak tree planting is] something that’s been a long time in the making. A lot of fans took it upon themselves to do something special for Peter. It is something that is in the true spirit of what Peter was about and who he was. This Peter truly would’ve appreciated.”
Steele passed away on April 14, 2010 from heart failure. He was 48 years old.
“Going through a midlife crisis and having many things change very quickly made me realize my mortality,” he told Decibel magazine in 2007. “And when you start to think about death, you start to think about what’s after it. And then you start hoping there is a God. For me, it’s a frightening thought to go nowhere. I also can’t believe that people like Stalin and Hitler are gonna go to the same place as Mother Teresa.”