Sad news to report as bass player and backing vocalist for German death metal band Stillbirth has died at the age of 34. The band broke the news earlier today with the below message.
“Today, unfortunately, we have very sad news to announce.
Our longtime band member and friend Dominik “Pumpa” König has unfortunately passed away. We are all deeply saddened that he lost the fight against his inner demons. We are so sorry and we can’t imagine what kind of hell he really went through. Our deepest condolences go out to his parents, family and his girlfriend Katrin. We are here for you and we will support you with all our strength.
At Stillbirth we are not only musicians who meet for the music, but we are one big family who shares the problems and successes with each other. We have supported Pumpa in his struggle for a long time and have helped him whenever possible. But maybe that was just not enough.
Pumpa joined the band in 2005 and since then has been a solid link in Stillbirth alongside [lead vocalist] Lukas [Swiaczny]. He helped us with all our sound concerns and technical problems, recorded and edited our music brilliantly, and was also a beast on stage on his bass. We can’t describe how hard this loss hits us. Not only as a band member, but also as a human being.
Send your love to Pumpa and the relatives and please take care of your friends and acquaintances. Sometimes it helps if you are not alone.”
According to his official Encyclopaedia Metallum entry, Dominik also performed in Anus Predator, B(ind) T(orture) K(ill), Bereaved, Immortal Pumpas Tubagrindcombo and more, and also provided guest vocals on Debridement’s ‘Drowning in a Cesspool of Malform and Malady’ and Kastrated’s ‘Surge of Festering Spasticity.’ RIP, Pumpa.
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We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dominik "Pumpa" König of our good friends @Stillbirthparty
We played many shows with him, he was always a wonderful, friendly and funny person. Join us in sending love to Pumpa, his family and bandmates, RIP we'll miss you bro x pic.twitter.com/fwAjlZ4kgk
— INGESTED (@Ingested) November 2, 2021
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The month starts with sad news as brutal Death metallers @Stillbirthparty mourn the passing of their bassist and vocalist Dominik "Pumpa" König, who passed away today at the age of 34.
Our hearts go out to his family, friends and band members.
RIP Pumpa. pic.twitter.com/Gza3Qcjv1Y
— Nocturnal Hall (@NocHallMag) November 2, 2021