Grandaddy bassist Kevin Garcia died Monday after suffering a massive stroke, the band confirmed on their official Facebook page. Garcia was 41 years old.
Garcia was an original member of Grandaddy, with the band since its 1997 debut Under the Western Freeway through their March 2017 Last Place release. The band has set up a GoFundMe campaign to help Garcia’s family cover expenses in the wake of his passing.
More, via Grandaddy’s Facebook page:
There are no accurate words to express what we need to.
We are absolutely shattered to say that we lost our friend and band mate 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.
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.
Kevin was a proud father of two children, Jayden and Gavin. He is survived by his grandmother Joan, his parents Randy and Barbara (who let us practice at their house until 2001…and who are the best), his brothers Craig and Jeff and his wife Sondra.
We’ll have more to say in the days ahead. Right now the four of us are grieving together.
With great sadness and love, Grandaddy
Grandaddy formed in Modesto, California in 1992 and went on to release four albums between 1997 and 2006 before splitting ways. The band reunited for a series of shows in 2012 before delivering their fifth record, Last Place, in 2017.
Image via Flickr/Gia Willow Alexa Annermarken