Tim Aymar was a 59-year-old American heavy metal vocalist who passed away on February 13, 2023. He was best known as the singer of Pharaoh and Control Denied, two bands that showcased his powerful and versatile voice. He was also a part of the Pittsburgh music scene and a friend of many fellow musicians. But what was Tim Aymar’s cause of death? How did he die so suddenly and unexpectedly?
A Mysterious and Unconfirmed Death
Tim Aymar’s death was confirmed by his Pharaoh bandmates on their official Facebook page. They wrote: “We are very sorry to share the awful news of the passing of Pharaoh’s one and only singer, Tim Aymar. He meant so much to so many people, and our hearts are filled with sadness, but also good memories of our friend and brother. We look forward to sharing some of our own memories when the right time has come. Until then, we are joined in sorrow and gratitude with all of Tim’s family, friends, fans, and fellow musicians.”
However, the exact cause of his death has not been disclosed by his family or his band. There have been some rumors and speculations that he died of food poisoning, as he posted on his Facebook page a few days before his death that he had eaten some bad food and felt sick.
Therefore, until an official statement or a reliable source confirms the cause of his death, it remains a mystery and a subject of respect and privacy.
A Remarkable and Influential Career
Tim Aymar was born on September 4, 1963, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He also sang for Psycho Scream, a band that introduced him to the music of Chuck Schuldiner, the founder of Death and Control Denied.
Schuldiner heard Aymar’s voice on Psycho Scream and contacted him to join his new band Control Denied as the vocalist. Aymar accepted and recorded the album The Fragile Art of Existence with Schuldiner in 1999, which was praised by critics and fans for its progressive and melodic metal style. Aymar’s vocals were a perfect match for Schuldiner’s guitar work, and the album is considered a classic of the genre. Unfortunately, Schuldiner died of brain cancer in 2001, and the second album of Control Denied was never completed.
Aymar continued his musical journey with Pharaoh, a band that he formed with guitarist Matt Johnsen in 1997. Pharaoh released six albums between 2003 and 2021, blending power metal, thrash metal, and classic metal influences. Aymar’s vocals were the highlight of the band, as he displayed a wide range of emotions, tones, and styles. Pharaoh’s latest album, The Powers That Be, was released in June 2021 and received positive reviews from critics and fans.
Aymar also collaborated with other bands and artists, such as Vicious Cycle, Advent of Bedlam, Xthirt13n, Art X, and Angband. He was a versatile and talented singer who could adapt to different genres and projects. He was also a humble and friendly person who supported and inspired many other musicians.
A Tribute to Tim Aymar
Tim Aymar was a beloved son, brother, friend, and singer who touched many lives with his music and personality. He was also a victim of a sudden and unexplained death, a tragedy that shocked and saddened the metal community. His death is a reminder of the fragility and preciousness of life, and the need for more compassion and appreciation. We hope that his story will inspire others to seek help and support, and to honor his memory by listening to his music and celebrating his legacy. Rest in peace, Tim Aymar. You will be missed.