Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Paul O’Neill Dead At 61


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Paul O’Neill, the founding member of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, has died at the age 61.

TSO is best known for their Christmas songs “Carol of the Bells,” “Christmas Canon” and “Christmas Eve Sarajevo.”

O’Neill was a rock producer and manager who created the band in 1996.

Law enforcement told TMZ that Paul was found dead in a Tampa hotel room and there were no signs of foul play.

The group’s Facebook page reported the news last night, saying Paul had been suffering from a chronic illness.

The statement reads, “The entire Trans-Siberian Orchestra family, past and present, is heartbroken to share the devastating news that Paul O’Neill has passed away from chronic illness.”

The band has sold more than 12 million albums.

Rest in peace, Paul.  Thanks for all the great music.


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