Obituaries : Death / Cynic Drummer Sean Reinert Dies, Cause of Death Unknown.

Death – Obituaries : (MARKET NEWS) – Sean Reinert, the former Death / Cynic drummer has died, he died Friday Night, 24th January 2020 at the age of 43, According to several news reports.

Sean Reinert was the drummer of Æon Spoke. He was also the drummer and founding member of Cynic, until leaving the band in September 2015. He credited such drummers as Dave Miranda, John Bonham, Dave Weckl, Gary Husband and Vinnie Colaiuta as being an important influence in his formative years.

In 1991, Reinert and Paul Masvidal (also of Cynic) joined the band Death to record the Human album. This album is seen by many as the start of the technical death metal genre. After touring with Death, he returned to Cynic. According to his profile on Wikipedia.

Sean Reinert Cause of Death.

We have no information at the moment on what caused the death of Sean Reinert. This post will be updated as soon as we have that information.


The following are some tributes posted on social media to honor the life and the legacy of the deceased.

Jonathan Keane wrote 
Just heard about Sean Reinert‘s death. An astounding drummer with a body of work that the best of the best would be jealous of. Here’s a dodgy pic of me with him a good few years ago. He had just finished a gig and was knackered but more than happy to entertain a gushing fanboy.
Taira wrote
Absolutely devastating news, Sean was a hugely influential player for me when I first started playing drums it can’t be overstating not only how incredible of a player he was, but also how much he progressed, subverted, and challenged the language of drumming in extreme metal.

DeSean Callands
Devastated to hear about the news about Sean Reinert… He was one of my favorite drummers because of his outstanding work in Death and Cynic.

Richard Christy
I’ll never forget seeing Cynic in 1994 in Des Moines IA on tour with Cannibal Corpse & Sinister, Joey Jordison and I were standing behind Sean Reinert’s drum kit for their whole set, with our jaws on the floor. Such a groundbreaking drummer. RIP Sean Reinert


fuck. Rest in Peace Sean Reinert. Cynic was one of the most unique death metal bands ever. Your time in Death won’t be forgotten either.

Cynic is one of the most influential bands in all of prog metal (and to myself personally) and Sean Reinert is truly one of the best metal drummers of all time. His passing is absolutely crushing. May he rest in peace.

𝐉𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐂𝐫𝐨𝐱𝐭𝐨𝐧
Sad to read of Sean Reinert’s passing this morning.

‘Humans’ is probably by second favorite Death album and then there’s his work with Cynic.

Equally important was his fight to change the stigma around homosexuality in metal/extreme metal.

Gods dammit RIP Sean Reinert. You deserved much more credit than you received.

Derek J. Smith
RIP Sean Reinert, drummer of Cynic and Death. Two hugely influential bands not only for me, but for the heavy metal world. Devastating.

RIP Sean Reinert. Another incredible drummer/musician taken too soon by the forces of time. Truly unfortunate. Will be blasting all Cynic, Aghora, and Gordian Knot discographies in your honor

Traffic Jam Booty
Holy shit, rest in peace Sean Reinert. The first time I heard your playing on Traced in Air, I was forever changed. Please bump Cynic today

Ok, first we lost Neil Peart, and now we have lost someone who I have seen as the equivalent in the prog/technical death metal world, and it absolutely sucks…

Sean Reinert, you will be missed.

Heavy Metal Yeti
RIP Sean Reinert and Joe Payne. More metalheads off to the great circle pit in the sky.
Death Metal Shakespeare

Rest In Peace Sean Reinert  this year has already taken too many legendary drummers
Ryan St. Dennis.

Wtf is going here, Neil Peart passes, now Sean Reinert?! What is there some kind of hit out on legendary drummers in the month of January, placed by the almighty himself?! Rest in peace Sean!
Flying Wailords

Terribly sad to hear of Sean Reinert’s passing. He helped redefine death metal with his performance on Death’s human and Cynic was one of the most influential prog metal bands ever.

Javier Araujo
First Neil Peart and now Sean Reinert. Two of my favorite drummers ever passed away in less than a month. 2020 is not going well…

Steve Wheeler
This sucks, man. Sean Reinert is dead. What an amazing drummer. Instantly recognizable. Inimitable. Seemed like a genuinely nice dude too. He will be missed.

Ally Crowley
RIP Sean Reinert. Killer drummer, gay metal musician, gone too soon. Thanks for the jams

Ghost Cult Magazine
(1 of 2) Sean Reinert was not just a great performer in legendary bands. You have never met a more humble and downright evasive artist when it came to taking credit for the greatness he laid down.

Dean Tallamy
Sean Reinert RIP. Listen to a lot of Cynic and never got a chance to see him perform live. Such a talented drummer

Last Rites
The Last Rites family mourns the loss of Sean Reinert, a true legend and innovator during one of metal’s most experimental eras.

You’ve got to be fucking kidding me. Sean Reinert is dead? Fuck, man, I can’t believe this. RIP one of the greatest death metal drummers ever.

Sgt-Major Gwendolyn Poppinjay-Smythe
RIP Sean Reinert, drumming god for Cynic and Death, and one of the only openly gay men in metal.  #RIPSeanReinert

The Canucks Are Still Not Good
Absolutely gutted to hear of the passing of Sean Reinert. His drumming on Death’s ‘Human’ and his work with Cynic were nothing short of legendary.

Prog Report
Terrible to hear about the passing of another great drummer Sean Reinert of Cynic/Death/Perfect Beings. RIP

RIP Sean Reinert. Loved his work on Death’s Human. My favorite part of Cynic as well. Going to visit some of his recent stuff. Seemed like a genuine and nice person from what I’ve seen in interviews at least.

Sean Reinert recorded on only one Death album, but what an album it was. With the help of his solid, precise drumming, ‘Human’ became one of the foundational releases in the emerging tech-death genre. Death metal has lost a true talent.

R.I.P. to Joe Payne and Sean Reinert.

It’s been a rough past 24 hours for the metal community. They are gone but never forgotten. They live on through their music and will influence generations to musicians to come!

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