|Birth name||Ty Longley|
September 4, 1971|
Sharon, Pennsylvania, U.S.
February 20, 2003 (aged 31)|
West Warwick, Rhode Island, U.S.
|Genres||Hard rock, heavy metal, glam metal|
|Instruments||guitar, keyboards, piano, vocals|
|Associated acts||Great White, Samantha 7, Nick Menza Band, Bullet Boys, Nancy Sinatra|
Longley joined the band Great White in 2000, played in Samantha 7, The Bullet Boys, and played in Nick Menza's solo project. Ty also did session work for many artists including Nancy Sinatra and appears unnamed on many works of music. He died in The Station nightclub fire on February 20, 2003, which claimed a total of 100 lives. Ty unplugged his guitar and ran across the club, using his guitar to break out windows and ultimately save 3 lives including the opening band's merchandise manager. He was the only band member to die in the fire. Longley left behind Heidi (Peralta) Longley, who was 3 months pregnant with the couple's first child. Their son Acey Ty Christopher Longley was born on August 12, 2003. His son Acey is also a musician and runs a charity for hospitalized children in his father's memory. In 2013 the American Red Cross Chicago named Ty Longley's only child, Acey their Youth Good Samaritan Hero and the Chicago Tribune named Acey one of their most inspiring stories of the year 2012.
- "The Great White Nightclub Fire: Ten Years Later". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017-09-25.
- Grossberg, Josh (February 24, 2003). "Great White Guitarist Declared Dead". E! Online.
- Mervis, Scott (March 25, 2005). "After the fire: Great White, survivors live with the horror of Rhode Island tragedy". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.