The lead vocalist and the lyricist of Lamb of God, Randy Blythe, shared a couple of new photos today to announce that his grandmother has passed at the age of 100.
Randy has been sharing regular posts about his grandmother, who could hardly see or hear for almost a year. Last month, the Lamb of God star admitted that his grandma is the last elderly member they have in the family and that when she passes, that chapter in their family’s book will be closed forever.
Today, Blythe posted numerous rare photos of himself and his grandmother to announce that after struggling with various diseases for a long time, she passed away at the age of 100. According to the letter he penned, she was in hospice for almost three weeks, and nurses did their best to minimize her pain. Randy also stated that he feels honored that he got the chance to be with her until her last breath.
After sharing the bad news, some of his friends from the music scene sent their condolences to the Lamb of God lead vocalist in the comments section. Some celebrities who paid their respects were Trivium’s Matt Heafy, Exodus guitarist Gary Holt, Testament lead guitarist Alex Skolnick, Arch Enemy’s Alissa White-Gluz, and former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach.
Here is the letter Blythe penned in his Instagram post:
“Yesterday morning, my Grandma died. It was my shift, & I’d stayed up with her until the wee hours, talking to her, singing for her, & holding her hand. Sometime around sunrise, very soon after I dozed off, she let go & peacefully slipped away. When she died, I was asleep in a chair right beside her – she did not leave this world alone, without family by her side. I woke up & saw that she was gone – I was so happy & honored to be with her until the end.
Grandma lived to be 100 & 1/2 years old. She had a good run for sure & had been ready to go for a while (she had told us as much), but her body just wouldn’t quit. She was, to put it mildly, a tough old bird- a week ago, I asked her ‘How are you feeling Grandma?’ ‘Not too good,’ she said, ‘But it could be worse.’
She was in hospice for almost 3 weeks, & during those last 3 weeks, I watched her body change as it finally begins to shut down. For a while, she was suffering- the nurses were magnificent, doing everything they could to minimize her pain, but a 100-year-old body just hurts. During that time, my family was present, holding her hand through rough spots & comforting her the best that we could. All of us came to her- she got to see everyone before she left.”
Lamb Of God vocalist continued saying:
“I always posted about my visits to Grandma to encourage people to go visit their elderly loved ones, & to do it before it’s too late. Furthermore, in our modern society, we seem to have lost touch with death– way too many old folks are locked away in homes & left to die alone. So I say to you now- if your old one is dying, be there with them until the end if you can. This is the correct way.
Do not be scared. Do not look away. Help them to die well. This is how you help an elderly person die: sit beside them & hold their hand. Tell them that you love them & are grateful for all they’ve done for you. Tell them not to worry, that you & the family are all ok. Tell them that it’s ok for them to leave, that they can go be at peace whenever they are ready. Let them know you are there, that they are not alone. Quietly fill the room with your support & love. Be patient, be kind, be present. Sit & wait.
You will not regret it.
I love you, grandma.”
Sebastian Bach commented saying:
“Very sorry for your loss. 100 years old is amazing man. Your grandma will always be by your side brother.”
Alex Skolnick wrote this:
“Beautiful. My condolences, my man.”
Alissa White-Gluz sent her condolences to Blythe saying:
“I’m so sorry for your loss, Randy. I’m so glad she was able to pass on surrounded by love and peace. Thank you for sharing such an important moment.”
You can check out some of the photos he shared below.