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Guitarist was among three killed in boat accident

Bob Bielarz wife Viengsavanh Bielarz this undated photo. | Supplied photo

Bob Bielarz and wife Viengsavanh Bielarz in this undated photo. | Supplied photo

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Updated: July 25, 2014 6:16AM



Bob Bielarz, a guitarist for the Chicago-based nu-metal band No One and who also played with cover bands in the Southland, was among the three boaters who died after their boat collided with a barge late Friday on the Calumet Saganashkee Channel.

The body of Bielarz, 39, of Orland Park, was recovered at 10 a.m. Monday about 11/2 miles west of the Worth boat launch, Illinois Department of Natural Resources spokesman Chris Young said.

The bodies of his wife Viengsavanh Bielarz, 40, and their friend, Jeremy Muzika, 33, were recovered from the water Saturday afternoon, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office and the U.S. Coast Guard. Neither was wearing a life jacket, according to the Coast Guard. They died of drowning and multiple injuries after the boat collided with a 66-foot barge, an autopsy found Sunday. The deaths were ruled accidents. An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday for Bob Bielarz’s body.

The cause of the collision remained under investigation. The 19-foot boat capsized and had significant damage after colliding with the barge, Young said Sunday. Teams from the Coast Guard, the IDNR and other authorities began a search about 11 p.m. Friday after the boat and the barge collided on the Cal Sag near mile marker 311.

On Monday, a woman who identified herself as Bielarz’s sister was at the boat launch in Worth when officials reported they had found his body downstrearm. She and another man declined comment.

Bielarz and his wife lived in an Orland Park apartment building in the 9200 block of West 140th Street. A neighbor, Lynda Palenik, was saddened by their passing.

“I can tell you that Bob and ‘V’ were very good, very kind neighbors. I miss them. They were wonderful people,” Palenik said. She declined further comment.

According to the music website loudwire.com, Bielarz was a guitarist for the nu-metal band No One from 2000 to 2003 and again when the band reunited in 2010.

No One released a self-titled album in 2001 on Immortal Records, according to loudwire.com.

No One played on the second stage at Ozzfest in 2001, and also performed as part of the Pledge of Allegiance tour, which was co-headlined by Slipknot and System of a Down, according to loudwire.com.

On Monday, nearly 13 years after its release, copies of the band’s “No One” album still were for sale for $12.03 on amazon.com. The album received an average rating of four of five possible stars, based on 41 reviews from Amazon customers.

Muzika played in a local cover band with Bob Bielarz, according to loudwire.com.

Contributing: Megan Graham, Brian Slodysko



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