Cannibal Corpse guitarist Pat O'Brien lost everything he owned in a bizarre event that occured on Monday night. Now, some friends are trying to do everything they can to help him.
Deana Mazurkiewicz, the wife of O'Brien's Cannibal Corpse bandmate, drummer Paul Deana Mazurkiewicz, has launched a crowdfunding campaign on MightyCause.com with the following message:
“As most of you are aware on December 10, 2018, Pat O’brien’s house burned down. He lost everything he owns.
Pat is a standup guy, true to his friends, family and his band. Also Pat does not have insurance, and lost everything that he owns. These funds will help him get back on his feet with the regular much-needed necessities like clothing, a roof over his head, and other daily life necessities that are needed.
Understanding that money is tight for everybody, especially around the holidays but every amount does help. If it’s $1, $5 dollars, $20 or more. Every penny from this campaign will go directly to Pat.
If you’re a metal fan and you’ve had the honor of meeting Pat at a show, or elsewhere when he’s out and about then you know how friendly he is, and approachable. He would never start a campaign for himself, but I know he would be absolutely humbled by the support shown.
I asked that people not jump to conclusions until the full details of what occurred come out, and that you show Pat nothing but love and support and let him know that you’re there for him. Although the last 48 hours have been shocking to most people, they’ve been devastating to him.
Please feel free to share your pictures, your words and show your support. The changing of your profile pictures on Facebook has been very inspirational. The metal community is a tight one whether you know somebody personally or not ans your support is so much appreciated.”
You can donate here.
While the "full story" has not been revealed, the story so far is that Pat O'Brien broke into a neighbor's home, threw one of the people in the home, a woman, to the ground, and ran to their backyard where he hid behind a fence. When cops surrounded him, he tried to charge at them with a knife, but was tasered and arrested.
Yesterday afternoon, O'Brien appeared in court wearing an anti-suicide vest, with his ankles chained together, and bail was set at $50,000. He was told by a judge that he would need to pass a drug test if he were to be bonded out of jail. While this was happening, O'Brien's own house was being burned down and firefighters had much trouble putting out the blaze.
O'Brien is being held, pending a drug test on $50,000 bond.
Cannibal Corpse had just announced they would be opening up a round of dates on Slayer's upcoming North American tour.