Queensryche Singer Todd La Torre Vows to Continue Touring After His Father Is Found Dead
Sad news to report, as Queensryche singer Todd La Torre is mourning the death of his father. William La Torre, 73, reportedly died of a gunshot wound to the head on Oct. 16. Investigators have officially deemed the death as a suicide.
On the morning of his 38th wedding anniversary, William La Torre was found dead in his office at the La Torre Wellness Center in St. Peterburg, Fla., which William owned. The man was an experienced chiropractor who prided himself on taking an "holistic, innovative whole-body approach to health care." A gun was found nearby La Torre's body, but according to officers, no note was left.
Todd La Torre commented on his father's passing in a Facebook post earlier this morning (Oct. 17):
As many of you have become aware, my father is no longer with us. I haven't disclosed anything to the press, as to preserve some privacy during this time. It has since been made aware to the public by the media, reaching outlets well outside of my local Tampa Bay area. Although this is a very difficult time, this post is only to confirm that we will not be cancelling any shows. I have responsibilities to uphold, and will do whatever I can to perform to the best of my abilities considering the circumstances. Thank you for your support. Sincerely, Todd
William La Torre was involved in a fatal boat crash in 1989 when his 35-foot speedboat, on which a then 16-year-old Todd was a passenger, collided with a 17-foot powerboat. The accident killed four teenagers aboard the 17-footer, leading to an expensive legal process that left La Torre with over $1 million in legal fees. William La Torre was acquitted on four counts of vessel homicide in 1990 and was forced to declare bankruptcy in 1992.
Sherry Sacino, a longtime friend of William La Torre's, spoke highly of the doctor's methods to TampaBay.com. "He believed in supplements and vitamins and was kind of always on the leading edge, looking for the next thing at his practice," Sacino said. She went on to describe an idea La Torre implemented: a van to pick up injured patients unable to drive or walk. "He called it the Backmobile, and he thought that was the greatest thing," Sacino added.
We'd like to extend our deepest sympathies to the La Torre family during this tragic time. To watch ABC news reporting on William La Torre's passing, click here.