RIOT Legend MARK REALE - A Great Man And A Private Man

Johns From Toronto

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Jan 24, 2012
RIOT Legend MARK REALE - A Great Man And A Private Man
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Posted on Friday, September 07, 2012 at 16:17:06 EST

On Wednesday, January 25th, RIOT guitarist and founder Mark Reale passed away due to complications stemming from Crohn's disease in a San Antonio hospital. He was 56 year old. Reale had been in a coma since January 11th due to a subarachnoid hemorrhage. He had battled Crohn's for most of his life, working and performing while enduring almost constant pain and the side effects of treatment for his illness. He was in Texas bravely attempting to practice for the band's scheduled shows, but was felled by a severe onset of Crohn's symptoms, which eventually put him in the Intensive Care Unit.

The following is an official statement from 6th Member/Webmaster at regarding distasteful posts regarding Mark Reale.

"Let's get one thing straight right from the start, how much money Mark made over the years or who he chose to live with is nobody’s business. As if the blatant lying concerning Mark’s deteriorating health and his contributions to Riot’s latest record weren’t bad enough on the part of others, now they’re distorting the truth concerning Mark’s finances and the way he chose to live his life. The people responsible for this totally inappropriate and distasteful post should be ashamed of themselves.

Mark was sick with Crohns disease most of his life. After traveling and touring throughout the world and living in Texas a few years, Mark eventually came to live with his father not out of necessity but, of his own free will. Perhaps he was influenced by the passing of his mother? They loved each other and took care of each other; it was a beautiful father and son relationship. They were best of best friends. Mark was an old school guy and all about family. Family of his own was not part of his future due mostly to medical condition he struggled with. However, Mark never complained about this to anyone nor did he want anyone to feel sorry for him. That’s why hardly anyone outside of his immediate circle and band members knew about his condition. Rather than feeling sorry for himself, Mark led a courageous life and made the most out of what God had given him-his talent and his family.

As far as Mark’s finances were concerned, he was far from being a broke man. Make no mistake about it, Riot was Mark’s band and it was a successful business venture. Mark was a content bachelor. Sure he made some mistakes along the way especially, when he was young. What great man hasn’t? Many in the press stated that Mark was one of the most underrated musicians in the business. The story of the emerging artist struggling to make smart business decisions is nothing new. Yet, through it all Mark was happy with the hand he was dealt, after all it was never about great wealth only instead the love of music that Mark focused on.

Anyone who knew Mark understood that he was a very private person and the dissecting of his life long struggle like this is way out of line and beyond disrespectful. If there was one thing that anyone who knew Mark could agree upon was that he always preferred to keep his private life private. Please let the man and his legacy rest in peace, for this are his father’s true wishes."

6th Member/webmaster also requests: "The intention of this post is to set the record strait about Mark Reale only and is not to be used as a comment dispute between fans back and forth please. This is Mr. Reale's view on this issue after a long conversation over the phone he and I had. Thank for your support in this matter."

Mark Reale's official headstone ceremony was held on Saturday, August 11th at Holy Cross Cemetary in San Antonio, Texas.

Prayer for the Dead
Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May the souls of the faithful departed
through the mercy of God rest in peace.