Eric Carr

Birth Name:
Paul Charles Caravello
Birth Date:
July 12, 1950
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York
Death Date:
November 24, 1991
Place of Death:
Bellevue Hospital, New York, New York
Cause of Death:
Brain hemorrhage and an aneurysm due to treatment from cancer of the heart
Cemetery Name:
Cedar Hill Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Despite being a replacement of an original member, Eric Carr was immediately accepted by die hard KISS fans based on his personality and superior percussion skills as compared to his predecessor. Carr's last recording with Kiss was for the song "God Gave Rock 'N' Roll to You", which featured him on backing vocals. The last time Carr worked with Kiss was in July 1991 when Kiss filmed the video for "God Gave Rock 'N Roll to You" with Carr playing drums. Oddly enough he died on the same day as Queen's lead singer Freddie Mercury, so his death was lightly covered in the press.

And the rest of the story …

It has been rumored for decades that KISS (specifically Paul Stanley) treated Eric Carr badly and dismissed him from the band when he heard about his initial health issues. Nothing could be further from the truth. Paul not only went out of his way to ensure Eric that he had a spot waiting for him when he got healthy again but also made sure he remained on the payroll and continued to pay his expenses and his health insurance. Sadly this didn’t get back to the family of Eric as they treated members of the band very badly at the funeral.

Decades later Paul and Gene have nothing but great things to say about Eric. Stanley stated about Carr: “At a time when KISS was in the midst of upheaval and turmoil, Eric brought calm and an optimism that refocused our priorities so we could move forward. I can’t overstate his contribution to our rebirth.” Gene Simmons went so far to add: “I never knew anyone more humble in my life. Eric Carr was a kind soul who never said anything bad about anybody. He was also a double threat on drums and vocals. I miss him.”

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Cedar Hill Cemetery

5468 Route 9W North

Newburgh, New York, 12550


North America

Grave Location:

Mausoleum - Atrium Room

Grave Location Description

As you walk through the front door, make your way towards the right and look for the Atrium Room. Look at the floor and when you see all the KISS memorabilia, look up and you will find the “Caravello” family crypt.

Grave Location GPS

41.569765, -73.987485

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