Steven Thronson aka Saint Dog – original founding member of California rap-rockers Kottonmouth Kings – has died at the age of 44, his management has confirmed (statement below). No cause of death has been revealed.
Rest In Peace, Rest In Power to a true underground legend. 🙏🏼 Saint Dog aka Saint Vicious passed away yesterday [Oct. 13th] in Southern California. Saint was a unique individual that had a profound impact on anyone he came in contact with. While Saint is no longer with us, his music will live on forever. Rest easy, King.
Kottonmouth Kings released the following statement:
RIP🙏. Our brother Steven “Saint Dog” Thronson left us yesterday. We will miss you and your big heart. You were one of a kind and our hearts our broken. But we promise to keep your legacy alive through your music. Everyone please take some time and say a few words or tell a story about our fallen brother below. He touched so many and we will keep his legacy thriving. 🙏👑♠️ #RIPSaintDog
Regarding the news, TMZ added:
Law enforcement sources tell us … Saint — whose real name is Steven Thronson — was found dead early Wednesday morning at a friend’s house in Victorville, CA. We’re told SD’s buddy found him struggling to breathe in one of the home’s bedrooms, and called 911.
Our sources say once authorities arrived … Saint Dog was pronounced dead at the scene. We’re told there were no obvious signs of foul play — a cause of death will be determined pending an autopsy and toxicology report.
Saint Dog founded Kottonmouth Kings in 1996 along with rappers D-Loc and Johnny Richter. Saint Dog contributed to the band’s first three releases: ‘Stoners Reeking Havoc’ (EP – 1998), ‘Royal Highness’ (debut LP – 1998), and ‘Hidden Stash’ (b-sides and rarities collection – 1999), as well as their latest record, ‘Kingdom Come’ (2018).
RIP, Saint Dog