Former DEATH, ICED EARTH, DEICIDE and OBITUARY guitarist Ralph Santolla died earlier today. Ralph was is in a coma at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida after suffering a heart attack last Tuesday night.
Ralph’s friend Jason Bittner, drummer of OVERKILL announced it on his Facebook page.
Earlier last week, Ralph‘s mother, Sue Santolla-Rocha, revealed his condition in a Facebook post earlier today. She wrote: “Friends and family, it is out there now, so let me tell you what I know.
“Ralph thought he had a spider bite on Saturday. Went to the hospital. It was not a spider bite; it was a blood clot. Tuesday night he fell and he had a heart attack. John Rocha gave him CPR until EMT arrived. His heart had stopped but they got him back.
“His visuals are stable but he is in a coma. He is on a ventilator, but he is breathing around it. He could breathe on his own, but they do not want to add additional strain to his body.
He is in a coma. That is the main concern at this moment. They can fix everything else.
“We are having as many of his friends as he can come and talk to him and play music. There has been a minimal movement, but some. It is ICU, but he is in a private room and they are letting anyone in and they can stay as long as they want. So please pray as he has people all over the world praying and if you can come and spend time with him.
“Please… he needs to get back from the place that he is in. I love you all… Let’s just work on getting him out of the coma if we can.”