We’re heartbroken to share the news that Jack Terricloch, frontman of The World/Inferno Friendship Society, has passed, aged 50.

The band shared the news on Facebook, along with a statement that you can view below. 

Jack Terricloth (real name Peter Ventantonio) was the leader of the New York cabaret-punk outfit since the mid-’90s, with over 40 musicians joining the ranks over their 25 year career.

Tributes from peers and fans alike have already begun pouring in, with Laura Jane Grace saying “I do not want to believe this is true”, and Jeff Rosenstock tweeting “Rest in peace Jack Terricloth, one of the best ever to do it. Watching him in World/Inferno made me want to be in a band again. Kind, smart and funny. An unstoppable performer. Gone way too soon.”

Former bandmate Franz Nicolay said: “Jack Terricloth changed my life more than anyone outside my immediate family, in ways I’m still reckoning with. At his best, he was the most electric performer I’ve ever seen. We shall not see his like again.”

Our deepest condolences go out to all of Peter Ventantonio’s friends and family.

Images courtesy of The World/Inferno Friendship Society.

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