By Amanda Wicks.
Grandaddy bassist Kevin Garcia has died, the band revealed on Facebook. He was 41. The band said Garcia suffered a “massive stroke” on Monday, which, according to a GoFundMe page set up for his medical costs, doctors described as catastrophic. He died from the effects of the stroke earlier today. “We were all able to say goodbye to him and he was surrounded by his closest friends and family here in Modesto,” the band wrote. “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.”
Garcia was a founding member of Grandaddy. They released their debut album Under the Western Freeway in 1997, which was followed by 2000’s The Sophtware Slump, 2003’s Sumday, and 2006’s Just Like the Fambly Cat. They split up in 2006, and a few years later, returned for a series of reunion concerts. After a 10-year hiatus, Grandaddy returned in March with a new album, Last Place. The band have a tour scheduled from May 7 through June. The band have asked that people contribute to the GoFundMe to help with Garcia’s family’s coming expenses.
This story originally appeared on Pitchfork.
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