Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe proven not guilty

Posted on November 13, 2013


Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe proven not guilty

Randy Blythe

Randy Blythe

By Rachael Mattice

Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe has been proven not guilty of manslaughter charges against him in the death of a Czech Republic fan at a 2010 concert earlier today, according to Kerrang Magazine,, Metal Hammer and Metal Insider news outlets.

Blythe was on trial in front of a three-judge panel facing the conviction and a jail sentence after which a fan, 19-year-old Daniel Nosek, died a month after the band’s Prague show three years ago. Nosek allegedly sustained fatal injuries when he was thrown from the stage, said.

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Randy Blythe (Getty Images)

According to Metal Insider, a biomechanics expert contended if Nosek was pushed from the stage by Blythe, there would be “no way he could have turned his body 180 degrees and landed on his head, he must have jumped.”

Blythe commented on Instagram accepting whatever fate was to be handed to him on the last day of his trial.

“It’s a beautiful morning in Prague, and time for me to go to what is (hopefully) my final day in court here – supposedly judgment will be passed today and I will move on with my life in one direction or the other.

Which direction that is, I do not know. I could walk free, or conversely go to prison for up to ten years. Such is my life right now, and I must stay in this moment until its resolution.

Whatever happens to me, do not feel sorry for me, for I am at peace and refuse to feel sorry for myself. Life happens. Deal with it. Some people cannot understand why I have returned, saying I should not come back here.

Know this, and mark my words well-it would be absolutely intolerable for me to hide from this situation. I am an innocent man, but a family suffers the loss of a son, a fan of my band. That is what this whole thing is truly about, not prison, not money, not politics, not Me- it is about a young man who lost his life at just 19 years of age. He will never come back and it breaks my heart.

I would not be able to sleep at night knowing that I did not behave honorably and try to give his family some answers. That would be disgraceful, and I do not wish to dishonor myself or my family by acting in such a cowardly manner. I was raised to face my problems head on. For me, this is being a man.

I categorically refuse to live in a constant state of guilt and fear. I would rather die. My morality and convictions are not dependent upon unforeseeable circumstance, nor malleable when difficulty arises. So I walk this morning to court with my head held high, no matter what others opinions of me may be. I have to face myself in the mirror, and tomorrow morning, where ever I may wake up, I will be able to do that without regret.

This is the only path to true freedom for me- peace within myself. This is the manner in which I choose to try my best to live my life, and I hope you all do the same- do your best to do what is right, no matter how difficult it may be.

I promise you, this will bring you peace. I thank you all for your support, I wish you all a good day and to quote one of my favorite movies: strength and honor.”

Mattice is a producer and music journalist for the Journal & Courier. She can be reached at or on Twitter @RachaelM_JC.

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