Ukrainian vocalist Denis “Stoff” Shaforostov, who recorded one album with ASKING ALEXANDRIA, 2016’s The Black, has shot down Internet chatter that he was killed during Russia’s ongoing invasion of his country.
Rumors started after Shaforostov‘s Wikipedia page was updated to indicate that he passed away on Sunday (March 13).
Shaforostov now took to his Instagram Story to write: “I’m still in a safe place and I’m fine today. Whoever faked my Wikipedia deserve what they deserve… Let’s pray together that this war ends soon. Love ya guys.”
After Shaforostov left ASKING ALEXANDRIA in October 2016, guitarist Ben Bruce said in a video message that Shaforostov had “just stopped talking to us.”
Bruce added: “When Denis first joined the band, people within the music industry and fans alike, they all told us these different things about Denis‘s past, and we got many warnings, and we said, that’s his past — forgive and forget; we don’t know any of that side of things. So we gave him the benefit of the doubt, and, you know, there’s no smoke without fire, and I guess we found that out the hard way.”