Hawthorne Heights' Guitarist Casey Calvert Dead at Age 26
Casey Calvert, a guitarist for the band Hawthorne Heights, passed away during his sleep over the weekend. He was found dead early Saturday morning. Calvert was 26 years old.
According to several accounts, Calvert appeared to be healthy on Friday night. He spent some time with friends before heading off to sleep for the night. These same reports indicate that Calvert passed away at some point while he was sleeping. The exact cause of his death is not yet known.
Hawthorne Heights, originally from Dayton, Ohio, had just kicked off a 28-date US tour in Detroit on Friday.
The band released a statement on their website following news of Calvert's death:
Today is probably the worst day ever. Its with our deepest regrets that we have to write this. Casey Calvert passed away in his sleep last night. We found out this afternoon before sound-check. We've spent the entire day trying to come to grips with this and figure out as much as possible.
At this time we're not sure what exactly happened. Just last night he was joking around with everyone before he went to bed. We can say with absolute certainty that he was not doing anything illegal. Please, out of respect to Casey and his family, don't contribute or succumb to any gossip you may hear. We don't want his memory to be tainted in the least. Casey was our best friend. He was quirky and awesome and there will truly be no others like him! His loss is unexplainable. As soon as we know more we will let you know.
Sincerely, Hawthorne Heights Eron, JT, Micah and Matt
Calvert's contributions to the band played a huge role in the band's success. The band's sophomore album, "If Only You Were Lonely" debuted at #3 on the Billboard charts and produced the hit single "Saying Sorry."
Recently it was reported that the band had some legal troubles to get through before starting on their third album. Namely, the band had a dispute with their previous label, Victory Records.
The band filed a lawsuit against Victory in August of 2007, citing fraudulent accounting practices amongst their accusations. In addition, the band announced they were leaving Victory because they did not like how label head Tony Brummel did business. Victory claimed that the band owed them two more studio albums, according to their contract, and thus filed a countersuit for breach of contract and libel. Additionally, Victory sued Virgin Records and EMI North American because they claimed that they wrongfully interfered with its contractual relationship with the group, and was trying to steal them away.
With the passing of Casey Calvert, as well as the legal troubles, the future of the band is definitely now up in the air.