Former Pantera security head ‘Big Val’ passed away earlier today. The cause of death has not yet been revealed, but the band confirmed his death in a Facebook post.
Bichekas was featured in Pantera’s behind-the-scenes carnage in the band’s “3 Vulgar Videos from Hell” releases. “3 Vulgar Videos from Hell” featured the band’s previously released home videos “Cowboy’s from Hell: The Videos”, “Vulgar Video” and “3 Watch It Go”. The videos are a collection of music videos, live performances appearances, interviews and footage of the band on tour and in studio from 1989 to early 1997.
Watch Big Val in Pantera’s “3 Watch It Go” below:
After working for Pantera, ‘Big Val’ went on to work for Ozzy Osbourne, among others.
Fans and musicians have begun paying their respects to Big Val on social media Sebastian Bach, who toured with Pantera in the early 90’s, posted the following message on Facebook:
Bichekas will also be missed by music fans:
Bichekas was a linemen for the University of Arizona football team and had a close relationship with head coach Dick Tomey.