It’s been just over a week since we reported that Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe was arrested by Czech police for manslaughter. The incident in question, which occurred in 2012, was regarding the death of a fan, 19-year old Daniel Nosek, who in 2010 fell off the stage at a LoG show, hit his head, slipped into a coma, and died after several days.
According to both management and LoG publicity, neither of them were aware of ANY charges or of the circumstance at all. They were completely blindsided by this situation. Also, even though Blythe paid the legal system their equivalent of $200,000 (which he states is his annual income) for bail, he has still not been released. As a matter of fact, he will not be released until next week, according to officials. Now, while I can join the endless throngs of people who are screaming at the unjustness of this, I do know that it is only relatively recently that the Czech Republic gained independence and democracy. Therefore, there are probably still snags and hiccups in the process.
Throughout this all, Blythe has shown nothing but patience and positivity. He has apparently not once complained about his situation nor has he made any demands. Rather, he is apparently spending his time in jail learning Mongolian. He has also stated that, upon his release, he would like to meet the family of Daniel Nosek.
While there is no determination of guilt or innocence here, it should be remembered that a family lost a son. It is tragic that Nosek passed away and I offer my deepest condolences to his family.
With that being said, I have not yet seen enough evidence to place the guilt on Blythe. Rather, it seems that as more and more evidence is released, the more it looks like there is something else going on. Slow-motion footage of the event in question has raised many questions from both fans and legal advisors.
Whatever the situation, I hope that a amicable and peaceful resolution can be found.