Trans-Siberian Orchestra founder Paul O'Neill has died, the band announced April 5, 2017. He was 61. Here, O'Neill and Al Pitrelli pose in Amsterdam in 2011. (Photo by Paul Bergen/Redferns)
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Trans-Siberian Orchestra founder Paul O'Neill dead at 61, band says

Trans-Siberian Orchestra founder Paul O'Neill has died, the band announced Wednesday. He was 61.

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"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 said in a message on its website and Facebook page. "He was our friend and our leader – a truly creative spirit and an altruistic soul. This is a profound and indescribable loss for us all."

The band asked that fans respect the privacy of O'Neill's family and said it "will make additional announcements shortly."

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Fans flocked to social media to share stories about O'Neill.

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