Former Cradle of Filth Bassist and Hecate Enthroned Vocalist Jon Kennedy Has Died

Jon Kennedy, the former bassist with Cradle of Filth and Hecate Enthroned co-founder/vocalist has died. He was just 46 years old. A GoFundMe has been launched to offset funeral expenses, which you can donate to. News came down from a published report from Metal Sucks as well as tributes from his former bands online. No cause of death has been revealed. Kennedy joined Cradle of Filth back in 1994 and helped record the original version of Dusk and Her Embrace. That album was re-recorded with different members, but featured Jon was released in 2016 under the name Dusk and Her Embrace (The Original Sin). As the co-founder/vocalist of Hecate Enthroned, Kennedy was in that band from 1992-1998 and appeared on 1997’s The Slaughter of Innocence, A Requiem for the Mighty and 1998’s Dark Requiems…and Unsilent Massacre. Read some tributes to Jon and we send our sympathies out to his family, friends, and fans.

Dani Filth, via Instagram

“It is with much sadness that we hear about the untimely passing of our former bassist Jon Kennedy.

“He was a great bassist and singer who filled in for Cradle at a time of such magical import, mayhem and mischief.

“I distinctly remember having a wickedly wonderful week staying just outside Wrexham in Wales at Jon’s Mum’s house in 1995.

“We picked our own magic mushrooms from a local football pitch and then watched Emperor synch up with the newly-released Disney ‘Aladdin’ on VHS, heading out to undertake Black Metal shenanigans thereafter. We were always pulling pranks and playfully winding each other up back in those days.

“He will be missed!

“Godspeed old friend.”



Hecate Enthroned commented:

“We are shook and devastated by the passing of our brother Jon Kennedy. This isn’t just a huge loss for his family and friends, but for the thousands of music fans and genre lovers that he touched and inspired.

“Jon’s passion for music was huge and at times all consuming which is reflected in how he is revered within the Black Metal scene. Working with Jon on music was fun, inspiring

and challenging because anyone with that drive and passion was a force and this continued after Hecate with all his musical endeavours right up to the end with the Power house Imperial Genocide. But this passion was matched with the love for his family and his close friends. A loving father and husband and son.

“Our thoughts and hearts are with his wonderful family at this incredibly difficult time. As we mourn our brother please be mindful of his family and respect their space. But please raise the horns for Jon.

“Nos da Jon


“Donations to the GoFundMe to help his family would be greatly appreciated.”



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