Kevin Garcia, who laid down the low end for indie rock outfit Grandaddy, has passed away after suffering a stroke. He was 41 years old. The news was announced by the band on their Facebook page.
“There are no accurate words to express what we need to,” the band wrote. “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.”
Garcia cofounded the band when he was just 15 years old along with guitarist Jason Lytle and drummer Aaron Burtch. Formed in 1992, the band released their debut LP, Under the Western Freeway, in 1997. The album featured the song “A.M. 180”, which was featured heavily in television and advertisements, as well as “Summer Here Kids.” They went on to release three more albums before splitting in 2006. They reunited in 2012 and released Last Place in March 2017.
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to aid Garcia’s family with expenses. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Kevin Garcia.