R.I.P. Howie Pyro

D Generation, Danzig bassist dead

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Punk rock bassist Howie Pyro has died aged 61.

Howard “Pyro” Kusten passed away from COVID complications following liver disease on May 3. He was best known as the bass player with 90s New York punks D Generation, later going on to play with Danzig, Joey Ramone and Genesis Orridge as well as his own radio show. In the 70s he was the guitarist and leader of underage punks the Blessed and a confidante of Sid Vicious.