Obituaries


FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2006, file photo, Paul O'Neill of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, poses in New York. O'Neill, who founded the progressive metal band, has died. University of South Florida police spokeswoman Renna Reddick told The Associated Press that O'Neill was found dead in his room by hotel staff at a Tampa Embassy Suites late Wednesday, April 5, 2017. The band said in a statement that O'Neill died from a "chronic illness." (AP Photo/Jim Cooper, File)

O’Neill was a rock producer and manager who began putting together Trans-Siberian Orchestra in 1996, blending heavy metal with classical music and creating a unique brand of rock theater. He tapped three members of the Tarpon Springs, Florida, band Savatage to be part of TSO and intended for it to be a “supergroup,” similar to popular bands like ELO, Pink Floyd and Yes.