Isaiah “Ikey” Owens, Jack White’s Keyboardist, Has Died

Lindsay Hood

By Lindsay Hood

on 10.14.14 in News

UPDATE: In a press release from Third Man Records, the label stated, “The coroner has determined that Ikey Owens died from a heart attack the morning of October 14 at approximately 4 am. The only drugs found in his room were a small amount of marijuana.”

Although he just performed with Jack White last night at the Convention Center in Puebla, Mexico, the body of 38-year-old keyboardist Isaiah “Ikey” Owens was discovered in his hotel room very early this morning.

Ikey has been playing with White since 2012 when he joined The Raconteurs on tour. He was on stage with White this weekend for their set at Mexico’s Corona Capital Music Festival. Third Man Records listed an announcement of Ikey’s passing and said that all of White’s subsequent tour dates in Mexico will be canceled out of respect to their band member.

Periodico Digital first reported the death, mentioning that drugs and alcohol were present in Ikey’s hotel room, but an investigation is still on-going.

Owens was a former member of Sublime, Mars Volta, and their side project De Facto, in addition to Free Moral Agents. Originally a native of Long Beach, California, he recently told The Orange County Register that he was working on a solo album.

Watch Owens’ episode of Tri State Indie below where he describes his first meeting with White.

You can also watch Owens perform “Lazaretto” at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.