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Grandaddy bassist Kevin Garcia dies

By | Published on Wednesday 3 May 2017


Grandaddy bassist Kevin Garcia has died, a day after having a stroke. He was 41. Garcia was hospitalised on Monday, according to a GoFundMe page set up to raise money for his medical costs, but died yesterday.

In a statement on Facebook, the band said: “There are no accurate words to express what we need to. We are absolutely shattered to say that we lost our friend and bandmate Kevin Garcia early this afternoon. He succumbed to the effects of a massive stroke. We were all able to say goodbye to him and he was surrounded by his closest friends and family here in Modesto”.

They continued: “Kevin started playing with Grandaddy when he was fifteen. He was an actual angel. He navigated life with a grace, a generosity and a kindness that was utterly unique. And contagious. He is loved so deeply by so many”.

Grandaddy released their fifth album – their first since reuniting in 2012 – in March this year, and have been performing in support of the record. Their next scheduled show is on 8 May in Seattle, although it is not yet clear if this will go ahead. European shows, including a performance at Latitude Festival in the UK, are set for July.

A founder member of Grandaddy with vocalist Jason Lytle and drummer Aaron Burtch in 1992, Garcia is survived by his two children, his parents, grandmother, two brothers and his wife.