US band were performing at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit last year
Pearl Jam‘s Eddie Vedder interrupted a gig in Detroit last night (October 15) to pay tribute to Jack White’s keyboard player Ikey Owens, who passed away earlier this week.
During a concert at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Vedder mentioned Owens’ death from a heart attack on Tuesday Billboard reports. “We send our heart out to [White] and his band… The only thing we can do is try to take energy here [at the concert] so we can remember [Owens] fondly,” Vedder said before dedicating the song ‘Light Years’ to the late musician.
Owens was a Grammy winning musician – who played keyboards in Jack White‘s band and also performed with The Mars Volta. He died in the early hours of yesterday (October 14) while on tour in Mexico.
A statement has been released that says drugs were not a factor in his passing. “The coroner has determined that Ikey Owens died from a heart attack the morning of October 14 at approximately 4am,” says the statement. “The only drugs found in his room was a small amount of marijuana.”
Jack White cancelled the remainder of his tour dates in Mexico following Owens’ death.