Witold Kiełtyka

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Witold "Vitek" Kiełtyka
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Kiełtyka in 2006
Born (1984-01-24)January 24, 1984
Krosno, Poland
Died November 2, 2007(2007-11-02) (aged 23)
Novozybkov, Russia
Cause of death Bus accident
Occupation Drummer

Witold "Vitek" Kiełtyka (January 24, 1984 – November 2, 2007) was a Polish musician, best known as the drummer and percussionist for the technical death metal band Decapitated, and younger brother of the musician Wacław "Vogg" Kiełtyka. He had been with the band ever since it was founded in 1996, when he was only twelve years of age. He also did work for the death metal bands Dies Irae and Panzer X.


On October 29, 2007, while traveling to a show in Gomel, Belarus, Decapitated and the other band that was on the tour bus, Crionics, were involved in an accident. The tour bus collided with a truck carrying wood, causing serious head injuries to both Kiełtyka and Adrian Kowanek.

The two were taken to a hospital in Novozybkov, Russia. While Kiełtyka's family released a statement on November 1, 2007, saying that his condition had improved, he underwent trepanation and was due to be transported to a hospital in Kraków, Poland, for further treatment. However, Kiełtyka died on November 2, 2007, at the age of 23.[1]

The Norwegian symphonic black metal band Dimmu Borgir played a tribute concert to him on November 2, 2007 at Oulu, Finland. Also, the Polish band Virgin Snatch composed the song "It's Time" dedicated to the drummer.[2]


Posthumous releases
  • (2008) Decapitated - Human's Dust (DVD)
  • (2009) Dies Irae - The Art of an Endless Creation (DVD)


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