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Anton Gustavsson was a "conspicuously uncool" 19-year-old in Sweden. He was a computer programmer with an ordinary voice who nonetheless recorded his impassioned vocals for Iron Maiden songs over simple computer MIDI music files in 1999.

His honest energy endeared him to an online audience, and he became the prime example of a "DIY celebrity", even distributing a CD on an alternative label. (Click here to listen to Anton Maiden mp3s).

Sadly, four years later Anton committed suicide. He was 23 years old.

This April someone uploaded an Anton Maiden tribute video to Youtube. As Anton sings "Run to the Hills," it flashes pictures of him as a young boy...

Very sad.