Original Saint Vitus Drummer Dies At Age 58

By Andy Doerschuk Published December 2, 2010

Armando Acosta, the founding drummer for Saint Vitus, one of the leading doom metal bands of the ’80s, died of unknown causes on November 25, Thanksgiving Day. He was 58. Acosta was one of the original bandmembers, whose tenure with the L.A. band began in 1979, when they were known as Tyrant. He reportedly had struggled with health issues for years before quitting Saint Vitus in 2009. His last show was on April 29, 2009, in Stuttgart, Germany. He was replaced by Henry Vasquez.