Grandaddy bassist and co-founder dies aged 41

Grandaddy bassist Kevin Garcia has died following a stroke, aged 41. A statement on the band’s Facebook page read that he was “surrounded by his closest friends and family in Modesto”, California, before his death on May 2nd. “He was an actual angel,” the post continued. “He navigated life with a grace, a generosity and a kindness that was utterly unique. He is loved so deeply by so many.” Garcia founded Grandaddy with singer and guitarist Jason Lytle and Aaron Burtch on drums in 1992. They released several critically acclaimed albums, including their debut ‘Under the Western Freeway’ and 2003’s ‘Sumday’. They split in 2006, but reunited in 2012 and released ‘Last Place’, their first album in 11 years, back in March. “Given the circumstances, we unfortunately have to cancel our upcoming U.S. tour dates,” a statement read. “We hope to reschedule these at some point in the future.”

GoFundMe page has been setup to help the family.