One Year Later, The Death of ALL THAT REMAINS' Oli Herbert Remains A Mystery; Widow Battling with Band for Earnings
One year later, the death of All That Remains guitarist Oli Herbert still remains a mystery. Herbert passed away at 44 years old in October, by drowning in a lake behind his home that was "inches deep" according to The Hartford Currant's viewing of police records. The case is still unresolved, with police investigating the death as suspicious. People close to Oli have been searching for answers, with conspiracies being thrown around about possible causes of death. One of the points of contention by friends of Oli that were concerned about his death was the signing of his will a week before his death.
A new report from The Hartford Currant notes that the investigation is still open. They have seized the computer and phone records from Herbert's wife, Elizabeth. Elizabeth was appealing the foreclosure of the home and settled with the company to keep the home. She is currently in a battle with the band for Herbert's share of the band profits.
In a three-page letter filed in probate court and sent to the three surviving members of All That Remains, the heavy metal band from Springfield, that Oliver Herbert helped form, Westport attorney Robert Alan Schrage writes the band has refused to turn over financial information that his client needs to file an inventory of her husband’s estate with the court. The letter also suggests that the band owes her money, particularly from a European tour it took shortly after his death.
"There have been tours and shows played by All That Remains since Oli Herbert’s death about which the estate, as part owner of All That Remains Inc., hasn’t been notified by being sent its copy of the profit and loss statements nor has the estate been paid its equal portion of profits as tour pay," the letter states.
The article notes that Herbert's estate was worth $70,000 at the time of his death, not including the properly.
In an interview earlier this year, All That Remains frontman Phil Labonte made it clear that the band did not get along with Herbert's widow calling her an "absolute garbage human being." When asked if he disliked Oli Herbert's wife, Labonte responded "Beth was never to be around… to be on tour. She would come to the local shows because, you know, we couldn't stop her. Everyone else in the band, you know, wives, girlfriends, whatever – they would come out on tour, stay for a few days, stay for a week, everybody got along."
When asked why she was not allowed, Labonte responds "We [the band] made the decision, and she wasn't allowed because she was a garbage human being. [laughs]."
When asked why they didn't get a divorce, Labonte responded "We tried to get him to get a divorce for a long time, I can't tell you exactly why he wouldn't do it or what the circumstances were surrounding his resistance. But I can say that I personally talked to him and said multiple times, look if you need a place to stay, I got plenty of room."
Police are still investigating the death and "are compiling a timeline of Herbert's last 24 hours, reviewing his medical history and searching for people who may have been in contact with him on or before Oct. 16, when his body was found in Hydeville Pond."