Decapitated - Drummer Dies Aged 23


Drummer Witold "Vitek" Kieltyka of the Polish extreme metal band Decapitated passed away in a Russian hospital from injuries sustained in a recent road collision. He was 23 years old.

Vitek and Decapitated singer Covan (real name: Adrian Kowanek) were hurt in an accident earlier in the week involving Decapitated's tour bus and a truck carrying wood in Gomel, on the Russia/Belarus border. Both musicians reportedly sustained serious head injuries in the collision, which is believed to have been the fault of the band's driver (although this has not yet been officially confirmed).

According to the Polish Internet portal Onet.pl, Vitek underwent trepanation, a form of surgery in which a hole is drilled or scraped into the skull, and was due to be transported to a hospital in Krakow, Poland for further treatment.

Covan's family released a statement yesterday (Thursday, November 1) that the vocalist's condition had improved. At the time, the vocalist was still said to be at a hospital in Novozybkov, Russia, where he and Vitek were taken following the accident.

Source: roadrunnerrecords.com
Band profile: Decapitated
 
Posted: 02.11.2007 by Marcel H.


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03.11.2007 - 06:12
Syk
myspace/bonerama
Written by Arian Totalis on 03.11.2007 at 02:15
ps- let's not blow him out of proportion like dimebag guys. But not doubt he was an awsome drummer, RIP.
I don't think that's likely to happen, for one thing he isn't American and as far as I know the band's popularity is nowhere near the scale Pantera had.

Lol pyro, I was thinking the same thing. That would have been much cooler...

Regards to all the family, especially best wishes to Covan and RIDM Vitek.
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03.11.2007 - 06:32
Judas
Resident Quack
Poor chap, it's never good to hear about the death of a young, talented person. Condolences and best wishes to the band and his family.
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03.11.2007 - 06:50
Murder
woahhh.... a sad notice!

R.I.P.
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03.11.2007 - 07:09
Jason W.
Razorbliss
Oh, I had a bad feeling when I'd initially read there had been a tour bus accident. I was due to see these guys in December witih Amon Amarth. I wish the best for the remaining band members and families.
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03.11.2007 - 08:51
Stigmatized
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It's awful he died so young and in such a way.
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03.11.2007 - 09:08
Clintagräm
Paleblood Hunter
Fuck man, I read about it and I didn't know it was this bad. I was looking forward to seeing them live again. Damn. R.I.P. indeed.
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03.11.2007 - 09:56
Astaroth_666
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What is the band going to do now??
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03.11.2007 - 14:42
Øyvind
Grave Digger
People shouldn't die at the age of 23. R.I.P.
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03.11.2007 - 16:42
MissCuntgrinder
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Lucky enough to meet this guy, he was so down to earth despite his talent, treated his fans like his friends. 23 is no age to go, but he didn't lead an empty life.
Thoughts go out to his family and friends.
RIP Vitek
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03.11.2007 - 19:23
Empty Spaces
Unburied At Dusk
I can't believe this!!!! He is one of my favorite drummers!!

He will be missed for sure... He didn't deserve to die like that.... I was able to see him play twice... and he was amazing... and I was hoping to see them again.

RIP Vitek

I hope Covan gets better!
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03.11.2007 - 22:25
Katatronik
Angel of Lust
RIP Vitek... What a tragedy...
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and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown."
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04.11.2007 - 12:23
razorblade_666
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R.I.P.

mourning in Poland
...in Krosno
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04.11.2007 - 14:02
Gâsh
R.I.P. Vitek
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04.11.2007 - 14:55
Ernis
狼獾
I hope he's in a better place now and feels good there....wherever he is....
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05.11.2007 - 00:37
LeChron James
Helvetesfossen
Die Trying.
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Less is More
Stay Pure
Stay Poor

Music was my life, music brought me to life and music is how I will be remembered long after I leave this life. When I die there will be a final waltz in my head that only I can hear.
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05.11.2007 - 14:13
Thryce
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You can check out what a number of musicians, including members of Nasum, Behemoth, Meshuggah, Amon Amarth, Dimmu Borgir, Kataklysm, Soilwork, and more, had to say about the recent passing of Decapitated drummer Witold "Vitek" Kieltyka online here.
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05.11.2007 - 22:56
necrovamp
trepanning i hvent heard abut that being doone for ages! poor guy, at least he'll be happy playing away wherever he is... R.I.P Vitek
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06.11.2007 - 00:04
Martinikuss
Niech spoczywa w pokoju, w "metalowym" niebie.
R.I.P in "metal" heaven
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06.11.2007 - 16:29
Infurnace
Rest in peace, my friend. You will not be forgotten.
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06.11.2007 - 23:07
Viking Bitch
someday..somehow, we'll meet in Valhalla.. R.I.P.
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08.11.2007 - 09:24
graywolf87
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tragic fucking news...R.I.P
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13.11.2007 - 05:04
mazakiel
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horrible shit
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13.11.2007 - 08:18
Doc Godin
Obnoxious
Tragic news, just watch, everyones gonna become a decapitated fan now.
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18.11.2007 - 15:24
Tod_Engel
Rest in peace, Vitek! You were good!
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24.02.2008 - 05:24
amarchand
fuckin hell.. i just found out.. i saw em two years ago with nile and hypocrisy, and they were amazing that night.. terrible loss.. well lets hope hes keeping it metal wherever he is now
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13.09.2008 - 09:26
Murder
wow this band is amazing, so sorry for Vitek
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