Frank "Skip" Candelori, former lead singer of hardcore punk act Turning Point, was found dead June 19 from an apparent drug overdose in his New Jersey home.
Frank "Skip" Candelori, former lead singer of hardcore punk act Turning Point, was found dead June 19 from an apparent drug overdose in his New Jersey home, according to a post on the Jade Tree Records Web site. Ironically, Candelori was once active in the East Coast straight edge movement, which promotes a drug- and alcohol-free lifestyle.
"A memorial service was held in his hometown on Friday, June 21, 2002, to honor his memory," reads the post. "As the family wishes the details of Skip's death to remain private, this is all of the information that Jade Tree can offer."
Candelori's involvement in music began in his early teenage years and continued up until the time of his death. According to the Jade Tree post, "Skip played a huge role in the development of the emerging East Coast straight edge hardcore scene of the late '80s and early '90s as a member of Turning Point."
"Turning Point later grew to defy simple categorization as they branched out from New York -influenced hardcore to more complicated and emotional music based on Skip's personal lyrics, which in turn inspired a new generation of reflective hardcore," the post continued. In May 2000, Jade Tree released "1988 - 1991 Discography," chronicling the bulk of Turning Point's recorded output.