Howie Pyro Illness: What Was Howie Pyro Suffering From?

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Howie Pyro Illness

Howie Pyro Illness: Howie Pyro, a D Generation bassist, was diagnosed with liver illness. He received a liver transplant in 2021 and was recovering in Los Angeles when he died of COVID-related pneumonia, according to reports.

Howie Pyro Illness

Pyro was born on June 28, 1960 in Whitestone, Queens, and cut his teeth as the underage founder/bassist of The Blessed during the fertile 1970s punk explosion. He chose his stage name at 15, when he moved to the city’s blossoming punk scene in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Pyro went on to form the band The Freaks, with future bandmate Malin working as their roadie, after only releasing one record, “Deep Frenzy/American Bandstand,” in 1979.

Howie Pyro and Jesse Malin onstage in 2015 (Image credit: Jordi Vidal / Getty)

In 1991, the two formed DGen, a glam-punk-garage powerhouse whose self-titled debut was released in 1994 on Chrysalis Records.

Through The Darkness, their final big label album, was produced by Tony Visconti, a longtime David Bowie collaborator, and released soon before the band’s breakup in 1999.

On such metal-edged, head-bobbing compositions as “Helpless,” “Every Mother’s Son,” and “Lonely,” Malin began to explore the more melodic avenues he would take in his long-running solo career. Howie Pyro Illness

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