Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe has been freed of all manslaughter charges in his trial in Prague, Czech Republic.
Randy himself posted on his Instagram account this morning the following message, with the picture displayed above:
“I have been found not guilty & acquitted of all charges against me. I am a free man. This photo was taken by my friend @aceyslade- it says it all. Please remember the family of Daniel Nosek in your thoughts & prayers in this difficult time. I only wish for them peace. Thank you for your support- Randy”
Randy was arrested by the Czech police on suspicion of manslaughter, prior to Lamb of God’s scheduled tour date in Prague in June 2012. The charges stem from a concert they played two years before that when a then-19-year-old fan, Daniel Nosek reportedly climbed up to the stage where the band were tearing the house down like they would normally. The charges indicated that Randy, who while soft-spoken and intellectual in person cuts a ferocious and intimidating vocal presence when onstage, struck Nosek and threw him off the stage, where he fell backwards onto his head. The injuries sustained by the youngster resulted in brain trauma, a coma and eventual death.
While a terrible case for the Nosek family, many believed that Randy was in no way to blame for the incident in question. All of Lamb of God, their close friends and their millions of fans expressed their support for Randy. But what’s more, is that Randy conducted himself in a way that overshadows anything else. With decorum and patience, he offered his condolences to the Nosek family and remained true to his word. While he grieved for the broken family, he let the justice system run its course.
It is not often to find a case where justice prevails in this day and age. Many outspokenly proclaim that passion, integrity, honour and bravery are non-existent in what they describe as the little hope they have for the human race. These traits, however, are entirely what make up Randy Blythe. A gentleman. An inspiration. An honourable man who has overcome an undeniably traumatic ordeal and been granted a thick slice of justice. Truth prevails.
This is a very good day for metal fans around the world, but please do not forget that a young boy has lost his life way too early in the wake of this tribulation. Please remember Daniel Nosek as nothing more than just a fan of Lamb of God, who, like millions of others, evidently got very excited and lost himself in the Lamb of God music. Nosek was just a young boy who very sadly suffered the worst kind of consequence. Please be happy for Randy Blythe also, as he has been found innocent of something that many feel he could not be responsible, but as the old saying goes, there are two sides to every story.
While this comes as a day of celebration and justice for Randy, his family and friends, this also comes at a price for Daniel Nosek’s family. They do not deserve any negative backlash from anybody. Please spare a thought for the family who tragically lost their son in the wake of something he loved. But most importantly, be thankful for what you have. Whether you are a fan of Lamb of God or not, use this case as a wake-up call to when you go to music shows from now on. Take care of your peers as well as yourselves. Music, especially that of metal is about bringing everybody closer together like a family, supporting each other and enjoying your time, not just going a bit crazy. Let yourselves get lost in the music, but be aware of those around you as there are always unseen dangers lurking around the corner. The case of Nosek is a tragic one that nobody should ever have to suffer at a place which condones support and the safety and well-being of its paying audience.
Congratulations to Randy Blythe and Lamb of God. #RandyIsFreeMan