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Paul O’Neill, Trans-Siberian Orchestra Founder – DEAD AT 61

If you celebrate Christmas, you have almost certainly heard Trans-Siberian Orchestra before. We’re sad to report, Paul O’Neill, the founder of this world-famous band, has died while battling a chronic illness.

Paul O’Neill

The announcement was made on the band’s official Facebook page:

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.

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.

We ask that you respect Paul’s family’s privacy now.

O’Neill started the band in 1996, and their rock versions of Christmas songs made them popular. Fans of Rush Limbaugh love when El Rushbo plays it as his “bumper music” throughout the Christmas season.



Let us pray for O’Neill’s family during this difficult time. Rest in peace.