There were unconfirmed rumors at one point of Steele's death after the band website posted an image of a tombstone bearing his name and the dates 1962-2005.
After finding out via bandmate Kenny Hickey's contacts that only 23 percent of the magazine subscribers were female, Steele somewhat regretted the decision and later made light of it on with the song "I Like Goils".
In a 2007 interview, Steele reflected on the posing as merely a naïve publicity stunt.
The website discontinued the tombstone picture in October 2005.
However, Steele had indeed disappeared for an extended time with no explanation from the band or management.
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