On Wednesday, June 19, 2002, Frank ‘Skip’ Candelori, former lead singer of Turning Point, was found dead in his New Jersey home from an apparent drug overdose. A memorial service was held in his hometown on Friday, June 21, 2002, to honor his memory. As the family wishes the details of Skip’s death to remain private, this is all of the information that Jade Tree can offer.
A talented musician, Skip’s involvement in music began in his early teenage years and continued up until his accidental death. Skip played a huge role in the development of the emerging east coast straight edge hardcore scene of the late eighties and early nineties as a member of Turning Point. Turning Point later grew to defy simple categorization as they branched out from New York influenced hardcore to more complicated and emotional music based on Skip’s personal lyrics, which in turn inspired a new generation of reflective hardcore. Skip played a huge part in both Tim and Darren’s lives and our condolences, as well as those of all at Jade Tree, go out to his friends and family.