Rest in Peace Anthony James Radke, older brother of Ronnie Radke

Falling in Reverse frontman Ronnie Radke has suffered the tragic loss of his older brother Anthony James Radke who died in an accident on the morning of August 10, 2013.  Anthony was an avid motorcycle rider and a proud member of Nemesis MC.  Anthony leaves behind his devoted wife Amanda and their five children. Ronnie posted on his Instagram an adorable childhood picture of himself and his brother and the following caption:

“The people I took for granted are gone. My brother died today. I knew one day he would cause of how crazy of a driver he was. The only family I have is my father and him, and now he is gone. he left 5 children and a wife behind. what the hell am I supposed to do now?”


Another post included another photo and the caption:

“Anthony James Radke was my my brothers name, he was 4 years older than me and always protected me. I followed him everywhere and copied everything he did. I am so heartbroken. it doesn’t even seem real.”


Ronnnie has had to deal with so many challenges in the past couple years and through it all has maintained his sobriety, has a beautiful healthy daughter with his fiance Crissy Henderson and continued to grow into a caring wonderful person. In addition to the so called “haters” out there who tend to just focus on the negatives ( no matter how long ago in the past) and just try to bring Ronnie down. He has shown a mature attitude with dealing with them and not engaging them through their hate posts/notes, etc.

I hope we can all send Ronnie and his father our prayers and deepest condolences in this tragic time.  Also, let’s all make sure to tell the ones you love how much they mean to you. Maybe reach out and make that call to your brother, sister, old friend, parents and say those things that have been left unsaid.  Let people know how much you do care and just reach out to them.  Here is another Tweet that Ronnie made as he shares a song he had written in 2005 titled “The Day I Left the Womb” from his Escape the Fate days:


Here is the link to the song  to listen to:

Please everyone show your support to Ronnie and his family. Especially pray for Amanda and her children as they are dealing with this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of them.

~ Peace, Marisol


Anthony James Radke
Aprl 24, 1980 to August 10, 2013

You can also help Amanda and their kids by donating to the Anthony Radke (AJ) Memorial Fund. Any amount can help so please donate and share this link.  Services will be  held August 17th in Ramona, Kansas for family and close personal friends.  In addition to GiveForward, donations can be made to the Anthony Radke Children’s Education; and they may be sent in care of the Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home & Crematory, Herington Chapel, 404 S. Broadway, Herington, KS, 67449-3038.   Please, let’s join together and help this family as they struggle with an unimaginable loss.  Our prayers and thoughts go out to the family and friends.

Anthony with Ronnie
Anthony with Ronnie


  1. Thoughts and prayers and much love to Ronnie and all of his family. I lost my brother in a horrible car accident 25 yrs ago this week. I know your pain all so well. Take care of each other. Love Kate and Skylar

    • I’m really late I know but no it wasn’t the middle of the night. He was carpooling to work in the morning with my uncle and it was super foggy and then they hit a horse.

  2. My heart is heavy for the family of Anthony’s. May God bless each and every one of you and help you through this difficult time. Much love, Angie

  3. I know a some one who crashed his motercycle because some old ladie pulled out in front of him and he nearly died and I don’t know why but he always says sorry to that women who nearly killed him

  4. I have followed Ronnie in every single thing he has done since E.T.F, and I have supported him ever step of the way… I love Ronnie… I feel a lot of the pain he has to deal with I also have not seen my mother since birth so it was just me and my brother I have been to 9 different shows of Ronnie’s but I don’t think that I could ever deal with the pain of losing my brother… this is just one of the many reasons why I admire and love Ronnie he can deal with things in a way most people could only dream of doing. Ronnie I send my love and prayers to you. Amanda I am very sorry for your lose I hope you and your children can get threw this hard time… I will keep you in my prayers <3

  5. My uncle was in the car with Anthony when they crashed. I know I’m very late on this post but I was missing Anthony today and found this. My uncle Trent worked with Anthony and they were carpooling to work at the time and I remember when we got the call, we were devastated. It was really foggy outside and he was driving and my uncle was sitting in the passenger seat. It was really early in the morning and it was light out but they had hit a horse and the horse went over the top of the car and crushed Anthony and hit my uncle. My uncle barely pulled through but I’m so blessed that he did. I just wish Anthony would’ve. RIP Anthony. I miss you.

  6. i know this is late but…its better to say it then not at all. im sorry for your loss and he loves all of you for being so stronge. keep your head up

  7. Ronnie, hi my name is Rebecca and I am 14 years old today I had a loss of my own 5 years ago today (on my birthday) 1 year ago today . My brother named ronnie ( my parents loved you and loved your music so they named him after you) was 25 years old and I was 13 when he was supposed to come with me to an all time low concert ( since i love them ) when the car slid and went straight for a tree, my brother jumped out of his seat and blocked me from the crash. He was put in a coma later on . Ever since then I always go to his favorite bands ( your band(s) , black veil brides, all time low ) concerts to honor him ( we love the same heavy metal ). I went through. Really tough time because I thought everyone hated me my parents say it was my fault and blame me so I thought I should end it, I found some heart pills my mom had and took them, I also slit my wrists. Later on my boyfriend andy came looking for me and rushed me to the hospital when they notified my parents they were already there checking up on my brother to see if he would get out of his coma any time soon. I was out for a long time 3 days and when I woke up I heard a voice and music, it was my brother Ronnie playing your song to me Keep Holding On. I am so happy and I would just like to say
    “THANK YOU RONNIE RADKE ,FALLING IN REVERSE, and ESCAPE THE FATE for bringing my brother back he means the world to me and you guys do to!” I hope one day you will see this and say ” YOUR WELCOME”
    ( I’m coming to see your concert with my brother we both wanna meet you so badly cause we love you !)
    I love you, and thanks for everything JUST KEEP HOLDING ON

    • That also happened to me not even a year ago and he was so close to me its hard to think the one you loved is gone and I’m only 12 and I had 4 deaths in my family and my nephew has been gone for 6 years now and his birthday is coming up he died before his 1st birthday when I was 5 years old and I know how you feel

    • If your brother was 25, when he was born Ronnie would have been 6, so how did they name him after A man who wasn’t known yet?

    • that made me cry it reminds me so much 2 years ago that happended to me and i tryied everything i lost my brother ronnie ray goodwin and i tried to died so much it never worked

  8. I find it so heartbreaking that he lost his “best friend” or in another sense his brother and i really feel for him honestly Jacky and Ronnie have been there for me when i lost my brother Jameson recently and he wrote a song in memoriam to Anthony and Jameson i am crying because he was really sweet and caring and may he rest in piece Anthony J Radke

  9. You are brave and amazing ronnie and family. My heart breaks thinking of the situation. Hope all is getting better day by day love you all. Thank you for changing my life tgrough the words you say.

    Teraya Tomko

  10. No matter what people say about Ronnie or what he has done in the past, I have nothing but respect for him. My brother is my world. If anyrhing ever happened to him I’d be devastated as im sure the whole Radke family is/was. Rest in peace Anthony. Keep on trucking Ronnie.

  11. I just heard your new song brother and it made me cry and realize how thankful i am to have my brother i hope you feel better is gonna be okay youll see him again someday buddy 🙁

  12. When I herd the song “Brother” off of their new album I cried. Ronnie has been through so much in his life! He still is going strong and I’m proud of him for doing so! I look up to him more then anything! I also know what Ronnie is talking about in his song, because I lost my brother when I was younger, I can relate to all most all of his song. All I’m going to say is that I have more respect for Ronnie and I love him and the rest of the band! Keep your head up Ronnie and to all of his family members and really close friends! R.I.P Anthony James Radke keep flying high dude.

  13. I cried to the song brother by falling in reverse and I feel so terrible for Ronnie because everybody tries to bring him down but I respect Ronnie because he’s been through so much and yet he keeps his chin up

  14. I know this message is really late but I pray for Ronnie’s family the song “brother” makes me cry I’m so sorry and I pray for the radke family

    • Everyone tries to bring Ronnie down but he stays strong throughout all of his troubles and I hope he still stays strong the song Brother was a really good song ill cry each time I listen to it
      Ronnie and his family is very brave
      RIP Anthony radke ❤ stay strong

  15. ronnie im s sorry i know that im just another face in the crowd but your one of my heros and i know how it feels to loose someone and it dosent make it fair but im so sorry for you and your family – asmodeous

  16. Oh my god ronnie I am so sorry. I dont know how you cope. You dont seem phased in you music videos so I never knew till I saw this. You have suffered a great loss and I feel super bad for you. X`<

  17. Super sad I xerography the same thing when my grandpa died I was there when he died so I know what you Ronnie is gong through right now….. 🙁 🙁 🙁

  18. i know im late on this but im so sorry for your loss i know you feel i lost my mom February 26 2014 on Wednesday at 5:36pm it hurts losing the people you love and that are closes to you so again im sorry for your loss just know hes in a better place

    • R.I.P Anthony. Thoughts with the family I am so sorry for your loss. I know it’s a bit late to say this and I am sorry, but I know that he will be watching over you even now.

  19. I always listen to “brother” and I asked my friends if a member died. I found out that Anthony died and I cried listening to the song. I am sorry for your loss and God bless you all.

  20. I have a deep connection with this. My ex fiances husband (before me) died in a car accident. His name was Anthony. From all the talking she did about him I feel as if I actually knew him and we were close. They had two kids together and I love the little brats. Not even a week after I moved in they were calling me dad. Im off topic. Anyways, prayers to Ronnie and the family <3.

  21. its so amazing how different they look even though they were really close…i feel his pain to…i once had a brother, or to be more specific, almost…me and my brother were being born the same day but he choked on the umbilical cord and they couldn’t get it off fast enough :{ Even though it was a long time ago, I miss him and I wish that he was here now… ~R.I.P~Brandon~Love you and miss you, so does Mom…hope to see you soon in Heaven~

  22. ronnie has got me thru a lot over the years with his music bad and good times his strength is inspirational to me i wish you all the best for the future and hey sorry about anthony man keep making awesome songs piece out bro

  23. This is super late but I feel so bad about Anthony’s death. My sister was in a car accident a year ago and she lived, but she was told that she is very lucky she didn’t die. The car made a gaurd rail bend all the way down and she almost went over it and fell down a hill and would have died. The song Brother by falling in reverse reminds me of if my sister died. Anthony died 4 days after my birth day. I am so sorry for the loss.

  24. Every one needs to not jut speak out about how he died. Thats fucking angering when someone you loves fucking dies and everyone has something to say about it. ITS ANNOYING AF! Leave him and the family alone, leave ronnie alone…I know what its like…please don’t discuss cause of death its heart breaking my love goes out to you dude i hope you’re in a better place keep it real

  25. I think all the stories are sad just as well as the song “brother”. I am super late on this post but I just want to say Ronnie is a stronger person then me. So sad. 🙁

  26. I know I’m late but better late than sorry…RIP Anthony j radke.
    Ronnie stay strong. My brother is 4 months old and I don’t know what I would do without him.

  27. I know this is extremely late… But i want to say Rest In Peace, i heard about this long ago but i just needed to that this.

  28. I am so sorry for ur lost, i wish you can feel better and ik that this is a way long of a response but i just got into ur music a couple months ago (which i am like in love with) but ik what u are going through. Around 5 years ago my cousin who was 1.5 years old died from a seizure and hitting her head too hard, it made me really sad cause we were cery close even if she was just a baby. Also it makes it scary cause she died from epilepsy so to say and thats what ive been having to live with for the past 4 years and it just freaks me out how i could just drop into one and die just like she did. Im just trying to say ik how u feel and hope u feel better cause it can still have effects on us years after something like that happens to a close relative. Never lose hope

  29. I only started listening to Ronnie a few months ago. It was only a few weeks ago that I had heard the song he wrote after this tragic time. I was very close to tears just reading this article. I felt like I had to go find Ronnie and give him a hug because I know how it feels to lose someone that means so much to you. I lost a friend in 2014, he killed himself. His boyfriend texted me and we cried together. River was a sweet guy. I’m sure Anthony was too. Seeing how it has effected Ronnie is proof that his older brother meant so much too him.

  30. I lost my uncle 2 years ago. He was murdered. He was such a great person and an amazing friend. I know what it’s like to lose somebody ur so close to and i just wanna say im sorry for your loss. *hugs* to the family <3

  31. I’m so sorry I feel u Ronnie, I lost my mother recently and I’m only 14. It is very heartbreaking to lose someone close to you. I was very close to my mom and I was the one who got the call. Listening to your song has helped me get thru all this.

  32. U know?? It’s kinda funny, u really don’t know how much someone means to u until there gone from ur life forever, ronnie, u and ur music has helped me through HELL and much worse!! He will always be with u, even if u can’t see him, I myself had lost so much, my real father who I never even met, had died due to a drug overdose, and so many more after that… just hang in there, things will get better!! 🙂

  33. I’m so sorry for your lost Ronnie. I know what it feels like…to have someone you loved and were really close to and I split second later they’re gone. Every time I listen to Brother I am always on the edge of crying.

  34. I’m so sorry for Ronnie’s loss I know how it feels to lose a sibling I lost a brother or a sister my mother was pregnant and had a miscarriage I never got to meet my sibling, and I know the feeling of losing someone close to them, I just wanna say I’m so sorry for Ronnie’s loss I know I’m really late on this but I will keep Ronnie and them in my prayers always

  35. I’m so sorry for Ronnie’s loss I know how it feels to lose a sibling I lost a brother or a sister my mother was pregnant and had a miscarriage I never got to meet my sibling, and I know the feeling of losing someone close to them, I just wanna say I’m so sorry for Ronnie’s loss I know I’m really late on this but I will keep Ronnie and them in my prayers always dedicated to Ronnie

  36. I know im incredibly late but nonetheless, I am so sorry. Nobody deserves this. I love you and I want to send endless love and support to you, your family, and Anthony’s. I am so so sorry.

  37. Hey ronnie prayers to you and your dad I’m sorry about what happened to you’re brother that’s pretty crappy to lose someone that close to you. Hope you are doing great. I saw you in Connecticut in Hartfort for Warped tour July 15th,2018 I thought you were pretty amazing my name is shadow by the way

  38. I remember hearing the news to this day. Me and my brother Patrick we were in the laundry room folding laundry and my dad called me and him in the kitchen, and he was like “I’m so sorry but Uncle Anthony died.” And I just started bawling, and my dearest cousins Sabrina Jones, Troy Jones, Josh Radke, Dylan Radke it was really hard for them.. I just wanna say I miss Uncle Anthony and I’m sorry that I couldn’t see you everyday cause we lived 2 and a hours apart but i looooooveeee yoouuuu

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