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.

Comments

i can't believe that Casey Calvert died. Hawthorne Heights is my favorite band and it devastated me when i heard the news. I hope everything gets better for the remaining Hawthorne Heights bandmates. I wish them all the luck.

wow! they were my favoriot band for the longest time i was upsest with them... and the wurst and satest part about that was also that he was my favoriot singer on the band and out of all the singers in any band

I can't believe it either, he influenced so many fans, including myself.
I met him on Warped Tour.
He was so nice; He was amazing to talk to.
Hopefully they think of doing a foundation.

:( RIP Casey.

i didnt really listen to hawthorn heights but my cousin and my bff did
and they are really upset
so

RIP
CASEY

yeah,
i cried when i saw this. like i was never really into this band, but itss so sad when someone passes for no reason, espically at such a young age!! its sad and i hope his family && band stay strong!

Its such sad news when someone so young and talented dies, my thoughts are with families friends and fans who are touched by this...
RIP Casey xxx

I haven't listened to Hawthorne Heights much, but what I have heard is amazing and it's sad to see someone so sweet and talented die at such a young age, or at all.

Rest in Peace, Casey. Millions of people on earth are really missing you right now, and are wishing you peace.

~Caroline~

Casey was great. I met him at warped tour and yahh he was really sweet. He's great. And has lots of talent. I'm really gonna miss him.

Ily casey =[

I found out last night that casey died. I could not belive it. Just two years ago i was shaking his hand at warped tour and i told him how much i liked his tattoos. He was a sweet guy! he played a major part in hawthore heights. i hope everything works out for them. i'll be praying. Rest in peace casey. we're deff. going to miss you :(

wow, that really sucks i LOVED Hawthorne Heights RIP Casey

omg. i will miss him he is sooo hot:]

What the hell is wrong with you!!!!!
What if he wasn't hot????
Would you still miss him???

I cant believe you you only care because hes hot! He was more then just a pretty face!!!

okay listen here.. to the person that said omg i will miss him he is so hot.. ?

yeah who gives a fucking shit if he was hot or not what matters is how fucknig amazing her was and how he made the band you prbably dont know shit about hawthorne hieghts but just cause he's hot you;re suddenly "heart broken". you needa take a step back and lookj at the bigger fucking picture. this guy meant something to me and all the other people that sctually liked the band and when some snobby ass bitch like you posts a comment about the blog sayin shit about him being hot, its more than offensive.

you honestly dont know how many people you have pissed off. get to bknow the fucknig band, and look past casey's looks. he was something special okay? forget the fucking looks you shallow ass whore. it doesnt matter about that, what matter's is that now he's dead and there are millions of people with grieving hearts.

fuck you, and dont comment this blog again saying hes hot or i swear on my fucking ass that i will track you down.

rip casey, i love you.

you shouldn't miss him cause he's hot you shoud miss him cause he's gone your dumd!!1

i cant believe it. Hawthorne Heights was the band that got me into that genre of music, and has since been a major part of my music. this really is depressing

Casey was one of the best singers of Hawthorne Heights. The band will never be the same without him. They are the last band that I saw in concert. Casey was the last one that signed my shirt. He will be missed ALOT. I Love You Casey. You will always be in my heart.

~Samantha

He signed our pants :(
Everyone misses you.
RIP CASEY <3

There is no reason for him to have died so soon. good bye Casey, say hi to god for me.

OMG, i love this band sooooo much, they got me into the genre, and i play bass guitar now because of them, i only wish the best for the rest of the guys, Eron, JT, Micha, and Matt, i love you guys!!!

Michael M

Casey sure was the sweetest guy I met at the Warped Tour. You could tell he was so much fun and full of life. It was really sad to hear that he passed away. My prayers go out to his family, the band, and all the fans out there who are just as sad and shocked by the news. It may not seem like it right now but just remember Casey is in a better place right now. Eron, JT, Micah, and Matt, hang in there guys take your time to grieve and don't forget to remember and talk about the great times you guys experienced with Casey it will help.

Love,
Kathy

I still can not believe he did. I thought it was soime stupid little myspace joke, but it's serious. It's hard to believe I met him at Clevelanbd Warp tour 07.
:[
He was soo nice, and everything too.

Such a cutie.

omg why did he have to go we miss you casey<3 RIP CASEY CALVERT

Dear Hawthorne members,

I cannot come to terms with the saddening we all have to come to terms with, including fans, friends, family, and of course those closest, you dedicated musicians. When I press play on If "Only You Were Lonely" on my iTunes, I brace myself for the strong lyrics and singing style Casey uses at the beginning of "This Is Who We Are". Since my fanship started, I have been especially fond of watching Casey on stage, and hearing his voice. He was an inspiration to my music writing, and he also brought me very close to your excellent work.

I understand how much this must hurt to lose such a close friend. My emotions let me think that he was a sort of older brother that just isn't there any more. He will always be in my memories and thoughts.

(Rest In Peace Casey!)

-Kevin Islam, 13
Dallas, Texas
TheAnimalConspiracy

Why does the worst happen to the best. so sad we'll all miss u. ur loved by many

peace

Rest in peace. God be with the family. It hurts the worst when your taken so young and sudden..RIP, you will be missed greatly Casey..

I am so sorry Hawthorne Heights I cried because I can feel your pain.I still luvu guys rock!!!!!!!!!

Why does everyone care so much that Casey Calvert died. Im sure none of you people actually KNOW him anyways. Hawthorne Heights is just like any other typical emo band. Just find a new band. Its not like you cant listen to the cds they already made anyways. Just deal. Its sad because ya'll dont even know him personally. You just know him as some guy with long hair that plays drums and such. Its awful to hear that people die and i wish it didnt happen but seriously get the fuck over it.
Y NAWT SH00T Up H3RION INSTEAD?

to the person that said ha!!!! your sucha sumbag.... it doesnt matter if we know him or not.. its a death and learn from it cause it going to happiened to you some day... put that through your head. they are the best band ever and everyone like them so y dnt you go fuck off and go to hell if your going to not respaect what casey calvert has done in the past for people and his band.... bye bye

To the person who wrote ha: go fuck yourself! Just because we didnt know him doesnt meen we cant be sad and give are regrets to the other band memebers. ur such a dick. "Get the fuck over it" wow these are great words and if you die we will just get the fuck over it because your right we didnt know him or you be we should get the fuck over it anyways. you my friend need to go to hell and suck a dick bitch. And to Casey Calvert we miss you buddy and will continue to miss you as time goes on. we will get older and and listen to differnt music but we will never forget the music that inspired us and the band and the person that made it all come to life, YOU. rest in peace Casey. -David-

casey calvert was one of me and my sisters favortie just like the band. when i found out i was up set... when my sister found out she passed out . shes been to like all thier concerts and when she found out she was crying so much.. we miss you casey and good luck with the band. keep it tight and dont leave... keep making music and everyone will keep loving you guys more and more. love you casey....

you know, i never really understood why Casey had to leave us. but, you know what I think? God wanted to see the spectacular talent, kind heart, and crazy kid for realzzz. And i don't blame him either.

My heart is in my throat, but i will never forget him.
keep rockin' heaven Casey!

< holly 3

he was the best.... i love hh and i love cc also.

R.I.P

MY PRAIRS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

WE MISS YOU

sorry hawthorn hieghts for your loss it is truely tradgic how he just passed onto the other side.it seems only yesturday i was at your concert watching him goof around on stage.He was a good friend and guitar player he was y idol and still is even thou he's not with us phyiscally he's with us spirtally.I LOVE YOU GUYS AND I HOPE THAT YOUR OKAY!!!! THANX

p.s your new album rocks!!

To be honest I never really got into hawthorn heights. I remember a girl in my class in highschool singing Ohio is for lovers and I dismissed them as a cliché emo band. I did end up buying their cd. I think guitar is the best instrument so I always fixate on guittarist and their playing styles, and I definitely enjoyed listening to casey's playing style.

So even though i'm super late on finding out about you death casey, it's never too late to pay respects. I may have not been the biggest fan but I will definitely miss your presence. Judging by the numerous amounts of comments from fans you are deeply missed. Hopefully you've got to show god the awesome guitar playing talent you graced us all with. Rest in peace casey.

P.S. meet you up there soon.

To be honest I never really got into hawthorn heights. I remember a girl in my class in highschool singing Ohio is for lovers and I dismissed them as a cliché emo band. I did end up buying their cd. I think guitar is the best instrument so I always fixate on guittarist and their playing styles, and I definitely enjoyed listening to casey's playing style.

So even though i'm super late on finding out about you death casey, it's never too late to pay respects. I may have not been the biggest fan but I will definitely miss your presence. Judging by the numerous amounts of comments from fans you are deeply missed. Hopefully you've got to show god the awesome guitar playing talent you graced us all with. Rest in peace casey.

P.S. meet you up there soon.

So yeah it's two years late, and i'm sorry.
I was a huge Hawthorne Heights fan. And I still am.
And I thought Casey was just one of the most amazing people.
But I just couldn't put words to him like you know other than I think you rock , or things little girls would say to hannah montana if they met her.
I met him and all I could think was holy shit, your amazing i love you, you rock, and lots of litlle childish things to say for an eighth grader(i was in eighth grade) but there was always something more, that I just couldn't put words to.
If you know what I mean. And if you don't well i'm sorry.
But i'm still very sad about what happened.
And i still miss him dearly, and always will.
But i have a question and if you know the answer, please tell me!
Did Casey have a little sister? It's been annoying me, that I don't know.
so if you do, please help me out here.
thanks. Rest In Peace Casey.