A.J. Pero, the drummer for the heavy-metal band Twisted Sister, died Friday. He was 55.
The band said their drummer, whose full name is Anthony Jude Pero, died of an apparent heart attack while touring with Adrenaline Mob, a group with which he played in between engagements with Twisted Sister.
Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French said Pero was on a tour bus Friday morning when Adrenaline Mob band members tried unsuccessfully to awaken him, then called an ambulance. He was taken to a hospital in Poughkeepsie, NY, where he was declared dead shortly after 11 a.m.
My friend, my brother, my band mate passed away today. My heart is broken. RIP A.J. Pero.