Trans-Siberian Orchestra founder Paul O'Neill dies at 61

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2006, file photo, Paul O'Neill of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, poses in New York. O'Neill, who founded the progressive metal band, has died. University of South Florida police spokeswoman Renna Reddick told The Associated Press that O'Neill was found dead in his room by hotel staff at a Tampa Embassy Suites late Wednesday, April 5, 2017. The band said in a statement that O'Neill died from a "chronic illness."

(AP Photo/Jim Cooper, File)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Paul O'Neill, who founded the progressive metal band Trans-Siberian Orchestra, has died at 61.

University of South Florida police spokeswoman Renna Reddick tells The Associated Press that O'Neill was found dead in his room by hotel staff at a Tampa Embassy Suites late Wednesday afternoon. She says there were no obvious signs of foul play, and a medical examiner is working to determine an official cause.

The band says in a statement that O'Neill died from a "chronic illness." The band calls his death "a profound and indescribable loss for us all."

O'Neill was a rock producer and manager who began putting together Trans-Siberian Orchestra in 1996. The band is best known for its hard rock takes on Christmas staples like "Carol of the Bells."