||Drummer Ritchie Teeter, who played in The Dictators and Twisted Sister, has died at the age of 61. Teeter joined the legendary punk band The Dictators in 1976 and appeared on their albums Manifest Destiny (1977) and Bloodbrothers (1978) before leaving the group in 1979. Teeter was also briefly a member of Twisted Sister for a few months in late 1980 and early 1981, but never appeared on a studio album with the band.
The band issued the following statement: "Twisted Sister is saddened to note the passing of drummer Richie Teeter. Richie was a member of The Dictators with Mark 'The Animal' Mendoza and later played drums for Twisted Sister from December 1980 until April 1981 and remained a great friend of the band. Our thoughts and prayers are with Richie's family at this time."