Blotto's Keith A. Stephenson, A.K.A. Cheese Blotto, Dead At 43

Keith A. Stephenson, a.k.a. Cheese Blotto, the bass player from '80s rock group Blotto, was found dead early Sunday morning, according to "The Saratogian." He was 43 years old.

The paper reports that Lt. Edward Moore of the Saratoga Springs police found Stephenson at 3:07 a.m. Sunday morning in Spa State Park. Lt. Moore told MTV News that Stephenson had been in his truck at the time of his death.

Saratoga County Coroner Tom Salvadore was quoted in "The Saratogian" as saying that Stephenson died of heart problems brought on by a liver condition.

Blotto was one of the first groups to get played on MTV when the channel first launched; its biggest hit was "I Wanna Be A Lifeguard." Some of the band's other popular songs included "She's Got A Big Boyfriend," "My Baby's The Star Of A Driver's Ed Movie," and "Metal Head," the latter of which was a collaboration with Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser of the Blue Öyster Cult.

As homage to the Ramones, the bandmembers each

took "Blotto" as his surname; other members of the band included Sarge Blotto, Broadway Blotto, Bowtie Blotto, and Lee Harvey Blotto. The band's offbeat sense of humor made them favorites on Dr. Demento's infamous radio show and on college radio, despite the fact that they were unable to get signed to a major label.

The band broke up in 1984; however, they reunited in 1987, and have occasionally played together since then.

Contributions in Stephenson's name may be made to a deserving Ballston Spa High School graduating music student c/o Kenneth Stephenson, 1084 Middleline Road, Ballston Spa, New York 12020.

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