'80s metal star found dead
EmptyKevin DuBrow, the opinionated, gravelly voiced longtime singer for the heavy metal group Quiet Riot, was found dead Sunday in Las Vegas. He was 52.
Authorities investigating his death Monday said the cause and manner of death were not immediately known. A neighbor summoned police and paramedics to a home where DuBrow was pronounced dead at 5:20 p.m., police and coroner's officials said.
Police said no suspicious circumstances were reported.
Quiet Riot had released a pair of albums in Japan before exploding on the rock scene with its 1983 disc "Metal Health." It became the first album by a metal act to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and has gone on to sell more than 6 million copies.
Its single "Cum on Feel the Noize," a cover of Slade's 1973 U.K. hit, made the top 5, fueled by a video in heavy rotation on MTV. Another single, "Metal Health (Bang Your Head)," stalled at No. 31 but was a big hit on rock radio.
Quiet Riot opened Heavy Metal Sunday at the US Festival near Los Angeles in May 1983, playing to hundreds of thousands of headbangers.
The group's 1984 follow-up, "Condition Critical," went platinum. But DuBrow had a penchant for being quoted in the press bad-mouthing other bands, and Quiet Riot's popularity had begun to wane.
DuBrow formed Quiet Riot with guitarist Randy Rhoads in 1975. The group changed its name to DuBrow after Rhoads exited to join Ozzy Osbourne's solo band in 1979. Rhoads was killed in a 1982 plane wreck.
DuBrow renamed the group Quiet Riot after Rhoads' exit. He left the band in 1987, before ultimately returning in the early '90s. Ever since, various Quiet Riot lineups — anchored by DuBrow and drummer Frankie Danali — have toured and released albums, including the "Metal Health" lineup reuniting for a spell. The band released "Rehab" last year.
DuBrow issued a solo album in 2004, the all-covers set "In for the Kill."