Jonathan Athon, the bassist for Savannah, Georgia sludge-metal trio Black Tusk, died on November 9 from injuries sustained during a recent motorcycle accident, according to a statement from the band. He was 32.
“Doctors told us that he suffered irreparable brain damage shortly after the accident,” which occurred two days earlier, the band said. “He has been in a coma and sustained by life support until now. As per his wishes, we removed Athon from his life support systems and his organs will be donated.”
A memorial for family and friends will be held in Savannah. “Thank you all for your support during this devastating time for us,” the statement adds. “It would have made him proud.”
Black Tusk started in 2005 and have released several albums and shorter recordings, most recently including this year’s “Vulture’s Eye” single and last year’s Tend No Wounds EP, the latter of which our reviewer Jon Wiederhorn called “a terse torrent of fuzzed-out riffs, tumbling beats and vocals that rarely drop below a full-throated roar.”
Savannah’s own Baroness honored Athon in a Facebook post. “He had an insatiable appetite to fix things, an uncompromising honesty, and an enviable ambition to learn new skills,” the band said. “He was a unique person to say the least, hard working till the end, and with a lust for life that sometimes left us all spinning. I don’t know what will happen next, Athon but I wish you were here to be a part of it. I love you buddy.”
Below, you can hear a handful of Black Tusk tracks.