Rest in Peace Jim Starace of Puny Human

It’s been half a decade since NYC-based rockers Puny Human released their third album, Universal Freak Out, and still not a week goes by that I don’t wind up with “Number of the Beauty” in my head at one point or another. Small Stone sent out word just a bit ago that Puny Human vocalist Jim Starace passed away last night, Nov. 10, 2012, due to complications from lung cancer. In all my dealings with Starace over the years and the few conversations we had, he was never anything but a good dude, and one only had to see him on stage for 30 seconds to know he had a pervasive sense of humor that became one of Puny Human‘s defining aspects over the course of their three Small Stone albums, 2000’s Revenge is Easy, 2003’s It’s Not the Heat, it’s the Humanity, and the aforementioned 2007 outing, Universal Freak Out. He’ll be missed.

Here’s the announcement from Small Stone. It begins appropriately:

FUCK! We have just been given the word that one of the coolest guys in rock, and in general, Mr. Jim Starace front man of NYC’s Puny Human (the handsome guy on the left in the photo below), passed away last night due to complications from Lung Cancer… Mr. Starace was a fantastic individual who also displayed some of the best dancing moves on stage. Jim, you will be very missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends.

Former Puny Human drummer Iann Robinson had this to say via Facebook:

Peaceful journey to my friend, bandmate and brother. The world shines less brightly without you in it.

Bassist Jason Diamond concurred:

The world is less bright today. Especially Queens, NY.

On behalf of myself and this site, condolences to Jim‘s family, friends and bandmates.

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10 Responses to “Rest in Peace Jim Starace of Puny Human”

  1. I’m so sad. RIP Jim and my condolences to Lia and his family.

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  3. Jason says:

    Very, very, very, sad. R.I.P. Jim. I listened to alot of Puny Human over the years, and always enjoyed the man’s swagger and soulful pipes. He seemed like a great, fun lovin’ dude. I will play, “It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Humanity” today in his honor.

  4. greenskeeper says:

    This is terrible news. Jim was a great dude and will be missed. Condolences to the family and the Puny Human camp.

  5. George Tabb says:

    I love you Jim, and will miss you more than anyone wii ever know!
    Safe travels and God Bless You.

  6. chris frederick says:

    Condolences from Seattle. Wishing peace to Lia, baby Arlo and bandmates and friends.

  7. Sister says:

    Thank you, Jim, for all that you gave this world; for walking me out of the darkness and embracing me as your own blood. Thank you for believing in me, brother. Love always, Tara

  8. Sister says:

    Thank you, Jim, for all that you have given this world; for walking me out of the darkness and embracing me as your own blood. Thank you for believing in me more than I ever believed in myself. Love you always, brother. – Tara

  9. Mike says:

    Condolences from Chicago to family friends and bandmates. I found Your music by accident in some video on youtube and fell in love with Puny Human, Jim is home now…

  10. kathy says:

    My name is Kathy and I went to Parsons with a fellow classmate by the name ofJimmy Starace. I’m heartbroken if this indeed is about Jim. If you could let me know, I would really appreciate it.
    I’m so sorry for your loss.

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