Rock star dead at age 34, no cause of death yet known

Tim Feerick, bassist for popular rock band Dance Gavin Dance, died Wednesday at the age of 34, according to the New York Post.

The California-based group announced Feerick’s passing in a Thursday social media post. No cause of death was given.

“We are absolutely devastated to share the news that our friend and bass player, Tim Feerick, passed away last night,” the band’s statement read.

“We ask that you respect our privacy and that of Tim’s family while we deal with this heartbreaking and untimely loss.”

While no cause of death was given, it was clear Feerick’s passing was unexpected.

The band was set to headline Swanfest next week, a music festival in their hometown of Sacramento.

Following that, they were to head out on a 19-date national tour.

According to People Magazine, Feerick’s bandmates in Dance Gavin Dance said they would share updates on the festival and tour “as soon as we have them.”

While never a household name, Dance Gavin Dance built up a massive cult audience over their 16-year existence; their songs have been streamed over 1 billion times on music service Spotify.

Their style fit under the umbrella term “post-hardcore.” While rooted in a style that would be considered punk or heavy metal to the casual listener, elements of jazz and experimental rock found its way into their music.

Review site Allmusic described the band as “deliver(ing) thrashing, emo-leaning anthems.”

Feerick joined the group in 2009 and became a full-time member in 2013.

Throughout the 2010s, Dance Gavin Dance garnered increasing mainstream attention; the band’s 2016 album “Mothership” debuted at number 13 on the Billboard 200 album chart, with its 2018 followup “Artificial Selection” debuting at number 15.

Feerick’s bandmates and fans paid tribute to the fallen bassist on social media.

“You were a friend, a brother, and the best bass player I could have ever dreamt of sharing the stage with for all those years,” drummer Matthew Mingus said in an Instagram post.

“You will be missed so much, but never forgotten.”

“I will forever be heartbroken about your death you brought so much joy to my life with the music,” a fan wrote on Instagram. “Rest in peace you beautiful soul.”