Questions, conspiracies, and overall suspicion are being raised on the death of All That Remains founding guitarist Oli Herbert. The Hartford Courant has reported that police are investigating his death as suspicious.
Read the excerpt below:
“While the state medical examiner’s office ruled this week that Herbert, 44, drowned, it called the manner of death “undetermined.” The manner of death is usually listed as homicide, suicide or accident, but state Chief Medical Examiner Dr. James Gill said Herbert’s case will remain undetermined unless new information is developed.
State police sources said they are treating Herbert’s death as suspicious at this point. The Eastern District Major Crime Squad is investigating.
Sources said police are compiling a timeline of Herbert’s last 24 hours, reviewing his medical history and searching for people who may have been in contact with him on or before Oct. 16, when his body was found in Hydeville Pond. He had been reported missing by his wife, Elizabeth Herbert. The couple has lived in a home that borders the pond since 2014, town records show.”
Since we heard the news on Oli’s passing in mid October, there have been back and forth statements. When the band confirmed his death on social media, they addressed the following:
“No further details are available at this time. The band and family request that you please respect their privacy and remember Oli by celebrating the great music he made.”
Later that day, three additional statements were made:
His publicist addressed:
“On behalf of Oli’s wife and family I can confirm that Oli Herbert passed away yesterday unexpectedly as a result of an accident which occurred on the property of his home.”
His wife, Beth added:
“I don’t want to go into what happened until we have a complete picture, but as soon as we do there will be a statement from the family on this page.”
However, TMZ included a few extra details:
“Oli was found dead in a pond near his Connecticut home … law enforcement sources tell TMZ.
We’re told police were dispatched to Oli’s Stafford Springs home Tuesday afternoon after someone reported him missing. Cops searched the area and found Oli in a nearby pond.
Police sources say the death does not appear to be suspicious, but an autopsy needs to be performed to confirm the cause and manner of death. The Connecticut medical examiner is investigating.”
Events have continued to seesaw as a Public Memorial was scheduled just to be cancelled two days later. An additional two days had passed as Oli’s wife, Beth penned a note on the Official Oli Herbert Facebook page to reveal his cause of death was from drowning. Beth claimed she received the toxicology report, stating:
“Good morning everyone this is Beth. And indeed it IS a good morning; Toxicology results are back as is the official cause of my husband’s death!
Cause of death- Drowning
Toxicology- Oli was apparently self-treating for manic-depression that has run in his family for several generations. Anti-depressants were found in his system, as well as a sleep aid. The psych meds found in his system were the same ones that a close relative has been prescribed for a long time, so he knew what to hunt down for the “treatment”. Seeing how he was not going (and WOULDN’T GO) to a doctor to get diagnosed with the issue and was not being prescribed the medications and monitored on them, it explains his occasional erratic behavior here at home.
As far as why the memorial was cancelled; concern for my personal safety and home due to numerous threats to both is the reason.
If anybody knows where Oli was getting the psych meds, please call CT State Police, Troop C in Tolland, CT.”
The post was removed a few days later, resulting in more questioning as to what really happened to Herbert on the night of October 16th.
Vocalist Phil Labonte had recently expressed his shock on the sudden loss of his bandmate:
“I was shocked. He was 44 years old, and he wasn’t really a big partier. He would go hang out with people and stuff, but he didn’t really do a lot of drinking… He didn’t do drugs, he didn’t really drink a lot. He would smoke pot once in a while, but that was the extent of it. And so, yeah, it was a big shock. And we’re still processing it and trying to figure out how it is that we move forward and what that means and stuff. So… it sucks.”
While Lambgoat has raised a few questions, other sites that Metal Insider is unfamiliar with have been running with conjecture and conspiracy theories citing it was a possible murder.
“For those who are questioning our sources and who we are, know we can’t say much at this time other than we are in close contact with Oli’s close friends and our CEO, Michael Stewart, is a former member of the metal band ‘Motograter’ who’s former vocalist now fronts Five Finger Death Punch. A band very close to Oli. We aren’t outsiders. We know things the public doesn’t know. Our focus is to assure those who care about Oli that everything is being handled and Justice Will be Served.”
Another source that we are not familiar with has fallen deep into the rabbit hole and thoroughly conjured up a detailed conspiracy.
We will update as the story continues to develop.