MARS VOLTA ‘SOUND MANIPULATOR’ DIES

Jeremy Ward is discovered in his LA home...

JEREMY WARD, “sound manipulator” with THE MARS VOLTA has been found dead in his LA home.

The body of Ward, who was 27, was discovered on May 25. The cause of death was undetermined as NME.COM went to press.

The band have issued a statement that reads: “We have collaborated with Jeremy for the past 10 years. He was the driving force of Defacto, and an integral part of The Mars Volta, who often went unnoticed because he chose to perform offstage. In addition to music, Jeremy was an incredibly talented writer and painter.

“We are devastated by the loss, but know that Jeremy will continue to be with us in spirit at every show and during the making of every record.”