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Frank Casamassina
Frank Starr
Motorcycle Accident
June 18, 1999
Age 41

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      Eulogy from Rik Fox
      http://www.geocities.com/urthspryte/eulogy.html

FRANK STARR

BORN: FRANK CASAMASSINA OF LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK 1958, PASSED AWAY JUNE 18th, l999
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Frank Starr is scheduled to be Buried
Wednesday, July 21st 9:30 AM at
Oakwood Cemetary, Chatsworth, CA

"An Ode from a Bro."

FRANK CAME TO LOS ANGELES, IN 1984, UPON THE BREAK-UP OF HIS BAND, MONGOL HORDE RECORDING ARTISTS, "ALIEN". FRANK WAS BROUGHT WITH GUITARIST RICHIE PAGANO, FORMER "SIN" GUITARIST, J.J. KRISTI, TO ASSIST IN RE-FORMING "SIN" WITH BASSIST/BAND LEADER RIK FOX.

FRANK'S NOTORIOUS "SMART-ASS NEW YORK ATTITUDE" COMPETED WITH RIK FOX'S, BONDING THEM IMMEDIATELY INTO "SOUL BROTHERS". ANYONE CAUGHT SLANDERING RIK, WAS THREATENED WITH A BEATING BY EX-BIKER FRANK, LIKE HIS BIKER DAD BEFORE HIM. WITH THE ADDITION, AND EFFORTS OF FRANK STARR, JAY, RICHIE, AND DRUMMER MARX ANTHONY BENCACHEA, THE RE-FORMED "SIN" LINEUP WENT ON TO BECOME AN EXTREMELY POPULAR AND EXCITING ACT ALL OVER LOS ANGELES, PLAYING TO SELLOUT CROWDS.

SOON, FOLLOWED BY BEING VOTED ' THE' TOP DRAWING HEAVY METAL/HARD ROCK ACT BY LOS ANGELES' MUSIC CONNECTION MAGAZINE FOR 1984.

"SIN'S" FAN BASE SPREAD RAPIDLY THROUGHOUT JAPAN, EUROPE, AND MOST OF THE MIDWEST, ALL WITHOUT A RECORD DEAL. FRANK STARR'S CHARISMA, AND STAGE PRESENCE WON HIM HUNDREDS OF FANS EVERYWHERE HE WENT. AS "SIN" BEGAN RECORDING MASTER DEMOS FOR THEIR ILL-FATED FIRST ALBUM, FRANK TOOK UP THE OFFER TO RECORD, AND TOUR WITH DEF AMERICAN RECORDING ACT "THE FOUR HORSEMAN". AMONG FRANK'S OTHER BANDS WERE, "BONE ANGEL" (WITH RANDY CASTILLO, OF OZZY OSBOURNE), PIRATE, BOOTLEG, AND L.A.M.F.

IN NOVEMBER l995, WHILE RIDING HIS MOTORCYCLE DOWN THE SUNSET STRIP, A DRUNK DRIVER SUDDENLY PULLED HER CAR OUT IN FRONT OF FRANK, WHO HAD NO TIME TO AVOID THE COLLISION. HIS BIKE STRUCK HER CAR, SENDING FRANK FLYING THROUGH THE AIR BETWEEN 50-100 FEET, LANDING ON HIS HEAD.

ALTHOUGH FRANK WAS WEARING HIS "BRAIN BUCKET" HELMET, HE SUFFERED MASSIVE HEAD TRAUMA, AND WAS TAKEN TO CEDAR-SINAI HOSPITAL, IN A COMA, WHERE HE REMAINED FOR SOME TIME.

FRANK WAS MOVED TO BAY HARBOR HOSPITAL, IN TORRANCE CA, AND EVENTUALLY CAME OUT OF HIS COMA, HOWEVER, FRANK WAS LEFT WITHOUT NEARLY ALL OF HIS MOTOR FUNCTIONS, INCLUDING WALKING, AND TALKING, AND REMAINED ON LIFE SUPPORT, AND A RESPIRATOR.

RIK WAS AMONG HIS MANY FRIENDS TO VISIT FRANK, AND BROUGHT FRANK PHOTOS OF "SIN", AND PLAYED THEIR OLD SONGS FOR FRANK ON A WALKMAN. UPON BEING ONE OF THE FIRST INFORMED BY FRANK'S EX-WIFE, KIM CASAMASSINA, BY PHONE, THAT THE DOCTOR WALKED INTO FRANK'S ROOM, AND FRANK HAD ALREADY PASSED AWAY. THE DATE WAS JUNE 18TH, 1999. KIM INFORMED RIK, SHE COULDN'T FIND ANY OF FRANK'S PHONE BOOKS, AND ASKED FOR HELP TO "GET THE WORD OUT". SO RIK CALLED ALL THE OLD NUMBERS HE HAD TO FRANK'S FRIENDS TO PUT THE MESSAGE OUT OVER THE GRAPEVINE.

FRANK IS SURVIVED BY HIS FAMILY IN NEW YORK, AND HIS EX-WIFE, AND DAUGHTER IN LOS ANGELES. HE IS TO BE BURIED IN OAKWOOD CEMETERY, IN CHATSWORTH, CA., AND DONATIONS ARE DESPERATELY NEEDED, AND MAY BE SENT TO P.O. BOX 287, CANOGA PARK, CA. 91305, PAYABLE TO: KIM MCINTIRE, IN CARE OF FRANK STARR. A MEMORIAL BENEFIT IS PLANNED FOR SOMETIME IN AUGUST 1999 TO HELP PAY FOR THE FUNERAL, AND BURIAL COSTS. FOR FURTHER UPDATES, CONTACT RIK FOX, AT: (818) 805-8455, OR KIM CASAMASSINA AT: (818) 819-6989.

WE MOURN THE PASSING OF FRANK STARR. SON, HUSBAND, FATHER, SINGER, BIKER, BEST FRIEND, AND, MOST OF ALL... "BRO". FRANK, YOU WERE TRULY A 1% ER... "THUMBS UP" IT WAS A PLEASURE TO SHARE THE STAGE, AND A 'CHEESE SANDWICH' WITH YOU...

LOVE, YOUR BRO, RIK

 

"THE CITY OF WIND, BLOWS ME AWAY, THE CITY OF DREAMS, STANDS DREAMIN' TODAY. THE CITY OF LIGHTS, IS TOO DARK TOO SEE, THE CITY OF THE ANGELS BRING THE DEVIL OUTTA ME... ON THE RUN, ON THE RUN!"

COPYRIGHT 1983 RIK FOX, BMI PUBLISHING.

        

Frank Starr of the Four Horsemen died on June 18, 1999.  He had been in the hospital since an October 1995 motorcycle accident. 

submitted by LisaTeach1@aol.com

Editor's Note: Please offer more details if you can. Email Gordon at taiwo@elvispelvis.com 

 

          

     

       

 

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Englishman Haggis (born Stephen Harris) first tasted fame in the mid-'80s when he was Kid Chaos, the bassist for flash-in-the-pan glam rockers Zodiac Mindwarp's Love Reaction and later rhythm guitarist for ($the Cult. He moved to L.A. in 1988 and teamed up with singer Frank Starr, lead guitarist Dave Lizmi, bassist Ben Pape, and drummer en "Dimwit" Montgomery to form the Four Horsemen. The quintet may not have been able to count, but they sure knew how to rock, and their eponymous debut EP displayed a raunchy, no-nonsense AC/DC-like approach, spiced with twangs of Southern rock.

Constant touring followed and did much to streamline the group's live chops, but Starr was arrested on drug possession charges shortly after their return to L.A., eventually spending more than six months in the big house. Upon his return in the spring of 1991, the band immediately set to work on their full-length debut, Nobody Said It Was Easy, with producer Rick Rubin. Released by Rubin's Def American label, the record garnered good reviews, but despite opening for the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Black Crowes, the band seemed cursed by bad luck and trouble. Internal strife was a daily headache on the road, and Starr's continuous clashes with authority (including numerous parole violations) threatened to sideline the band at every turn. He finally succeeded in late 1992, earning another extended vacation as a guest of the California penal system and leaving the band in limbo for over a year.

Then, just as The Four Horsemen were planning a comeback, tragedy struck when drummer Dimwit suffered a lethal heroin overdose on September 27, 1994. The trauma would help heal the band's wounds, however, and they decided to set aside their differences in order to pay respects to their fallen friend. A new album entitled Gettin' Pretty Good at Barely Gettin' By was completed with Lizmi, new bass player Pharaoh, and Dimwit's brother, ex-Black Flag and Danzig drummer Chuck Biscuits. Yet fate would intervene once again when Starr was hit by a drunk driver before the album's release, lapsing into a coma from which he would never recover, eventually expiring on June 18, 1999. The Four Horsemen meanwhile brought in ex-Little Caesar vocalist Ron Young to tour behind the album while waiting for Starr's recovery, eventually breaking up in 1998. — Ed Rivadavia

      
 

 

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