State Police Treating Death Of All That Remains Guitarist Oli Herbert as 'Suspicious': Report
The news comes less than a week after a planned public memorial was canceled.
One month after All That Remains guitarist Oli Herbert died under unexplained circumstances at age 44, police in Connecticut are still investigating the manner of his passing. The Hartford Courant reported on Friday (Nov. 16) that unnamed state police sources said they are treating Herbert's death as "suspicious" at this point, with the Eastern District Crime Squad still investigating the case.
A spokesperson for the Squad confirmed to Billboard that the case is still open and that there was no additional information available at press time and no person of interest or suspicious activity to report. "We are still following leads," the spokesperson tells Billboard. Herbert was found drowned in a pond behind his Stafford Springs, Connecticut, home on Oct. 16.
According to the Courant, the state Chief Medical Examiner Dr. James Gill ruled this week that Herbert drowned, calling the manner of death "undetermined;" manner of death is typically listed as homicide, suicide or accident, but Gill's office reportedly said the case will remain undetermined unless new information emerges. A spokesperson for Dr. Gill's office tells Billboard that toxicology results are not publicly released and that no manner of death has officially been announced.
A public memorial for Herbert had been slated for Sunday (Nov. 11), but the gathering was canceled last week without explanation. Herbert's wife, Beth, reportedly explained why the event was called off and what caused her husband's death in a Facebook post earlier this week. "Toxicology results are back as is the official cause of my husband's death! Cause of death- Drowning," wrote Beth Herbert in a since-deleted post on a FB page credited to her late husband; Billboard has been unable to independently confirm the information in the post and a spokesperson for the band said ATR's management had not responded to requests for comment.
The post made unverified claims about Herbert's mental state and prescription drugs reportedly found in his system at the time of death; the medical examiner's office would not comment on the claims in the post. Beth Herbert also reportedly claimed that the public memorial was canceled out of concern for her personal safety and home due to "numerous threats to both."
All That Remains released their new album, Victim of the New Disease, on Friday (Nov. 9); the band is gearing up for a tour in support of their latest effort, with Jason Richardson (Chelsea Grin) slated to fill-in on guitar. The band reported that Herbert died on Oct. 17, with publicist Suzanne Penley saying that his death was a result of an accident on his property.