Paula David – Fourth Estate Cooperative Reporter
Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Randy Blythe, front man of metal band Lamb of God, announced Tuesday that he has been acquitted of manslaughter stemming from a fan’s death in one of their concerts in 2010.
Blythe wrote on his Instagram page, “I have been found not guilty & acquitted of all charges against me. I am a free man.”
The 42-year-old singer was accused of manslaughter after he pushed a 19-year-old Daniel Nosek off the stage of their concert in Prague, causing severe head injury that led to his death a few weeks after.
Blythe was arrested by Czech authorities in June 2012, and was sentenced to a minimum of five years in prison if proven guilty. The rocker, who was released upon bail, said he only learned about the incident upon his arrest.
At the time he said, “As I’ve stated previously, I do not wish to avoid my responsibility, and if I thought I were guilty I would plead guilty right now. I still believe I acted responsibly to protect myself, my band, our equipment, and our audience. I did not strike anyone or run across the stage to push anyone.”
He apologized to Nosek’s family and expressed that he “can understand that pain as only the father of a dead child can.”
Meanwhile, Blythe encouraged his fans and supporters not to forget the impact left by the tragedy. He wrote, “Please remember the family of Daniel Nosek in your thoughts & prayers in this difficult time. I only wish for them peace. Thank you for your support.”