Howie Pyro’s Illness Became His Cause of Death
With a heavy heart, we have to inform you that D Generation’s Howie Pyro’s illness led him to his death on May 4, 2022. COVID-19 was the reason that he passed away at the age of 61. May he rest in peace.
He was born on June 28, 1960. His birth name is Howard Kusten but after he became a musician, collector, cultural historian, and DJ he changed his name.
Pyro died of COVID-19-related pneumonia after going through liver disease and a liver transplant that he had a year ago.
He debuted in the 1970s at Max’s Kansas City and CBGB as the founder of The Blessed. He started as the frontman for the Blessed. It was a punk band full of preteens and Pyro was one of these underage kids in the late-’70s.
Pyro became friends with Sid Vicious, and he was famously one of the last people who saw Vicious before Vicious died. Maybe it was the best effect, that being a member of this group, had on his life because The Blessed only released one single.
Howie Pyro was the bassist for New York glam-punks D Generation and the other members of the group were:
- Jesse Malin – vocals
- Richard Bacchus – guitar
- Howie Pyro – bass
- Danny Sage – guitar
- Michael Wildwood – drums
The famous songs of this Punk group that Pyro participated in are:
- “No Way Out”
- “Sins of America
- “Waiting for the Next Big Parade”
- “Stealing Time”
Most of these songs are Pyro featuring Malin who was more than his bandmate and he also announced Pyro’s passing on Instagram last night
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Music Lovers Mourns Howie Pyro’s Death
“He fought real hard right till the end. He changed my life and so many others in ways I can’t even begin to say. We made our world together.”Jesse Malin on Instagram about Howie Pyro’s illness
”He May all the big-bosomed blondes line up and welcome you to Mars” someone tweeted.
A fan said: ”Woke to the very sad news that D Generation bassist/DJ HowiePyro passed away yesterday. I interviewed him back in the day and knew Howie from the gritty rock/punk scene that stretched from LA to New York. He was always wild, wacky, and lots of fun”.
This doesn’t feel real yet. I met HOWIE when he was 16! We were fellow Cancerians and his loyalty as a friend was something I cherished. Jim & I will miss and love you forever Howie Pyro…Bebe Buell
Howie’s friend tweeted after Howie Pyro’s illness led to his death: ”We said goodbye at the door. It felt somber, but you told me that we’d see each other soon. I didn’t make sense of it until I got the news this morning. You will be missed beyond belief, my friend”
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