Walter Froebrich Obituary, Death – Walter Froebrich of Toronto, Ontario has sadly and unexpectedly passed away. Walter was a superfan of Toronto metal music. He Worked at Mangryinc Promotions. Walter Froebrich tried to get help for two weeks while in pain. The Torontonian is said to have visited St. Joseph’s Health Centre, a hospital in the city’s west end, three times in the ten days leading up to his death. “The hospital dropped the ball with him,” Froebrich’s longtime friend John Romanelli said. “They could have done more or stepped up and thoroughly investigated his issues, but they chose to send him home.”
Romanelli had last seen Froebrich three weeks before his death. He noticed Froebrich had lost a lot of weight and was in a lot of pain in his stomach. Froebrich, 45, was admitted to the hospital a few days later with severe abdominal pains. His friends claim he was denied admission and that doctors and staff refused to look into his symptoms further; they claim he was simply given antibiotics and sent home. However, the pain persisted. A few days later, Froebrich was back in the hospital, this time in even more pain. His friends claim he was given antibiotics during that trip. Then, for the third and final time, it happened. Friends discovered Froebrich dead inside his apartment this time. “We’re devastated because he slipped through the cracks.” “He couldn’t advocate for himself, so he was sent home to die,” Romanelli explained.
According to Romanelli, the head-banging metalhead’s calm demeanor could have been used to deny him services. He noticed Froebrich was a man of few words, so instead of fighting to have his alleged internal tears examined, he went home. “He was in excruciating pain, and they just sent him home,” explained Romanelli. “I believe one of the reasons he fell through the cracks was his inability to advocate for himself.” When contacted by Global News, Unity Health Toronto, which operates St. Joseph’s Health Centre, the hospital stated that individual cases are not discussed. “While we are unable to publicly share or discuss patient information,” a spokesperson for Unity Health Toronto wrote in an email.
On Saturday afternoon, metal music blared outside St. Joseph’s, with Froebrich supporters holding placards that read, among other things, ‘Justice for Walter’ and ‘Sent Home to Die.’ Because their friend was poor and soft-spoken, the crowd was clearly upset that the health-care system had let them down. “Losing a friend to something that could have been avoided is a crushing blow.” He simply didn’t want to irritate anyone. Froebrich’s high school friend Philip Villeneff described him as “the nicest guy I’ve ever met.” People come and go in the metal community, but Froebrich was a constant and, according to the dozens of people who attended the rally, a sign that a good night was on the way.
While Froebrich’s friends are vocal about his problems, they believe it is not a one-off occurrence. Since publicly discussing Froebrich’s death, Romanelli has received dozens of messages from people who claim to have been denied service or had loved ones turned away only to die later. “This is about the entire health-care system, not just Walter.” “Walter is just one of the patients who passed away here,” Romanelli said. Friends of Froebrich have organized a benefit concert in his honor at the Rockpile on January 6, 2023.