We Came As Romans have revealed the cause of death of frontman Kyle Pavone, who died last month aged 28.
Pavone was reportedly taken to hospital in Michigan on August 19 before his death on August 25. Now, the band have issued a statement to reveal that he died of an overdose – as well as setting up the Kyle Pavone Foundation.
“On Saturday August 25, we lost our son, our brother, our best friend and our band mate to an accidental overdose,” they said.
“The opposite of addiction is connection. If you are feeling disconnected or lost, there is help. Please take action, whether that is talkin to your families and friends, meeting with a counselor or joining a support group. If you are a friend of family member of someone who is struggling, do not be silent! If you are an artist in need of support through your struggle, we have created the Kyle Pavone Foundation in Kyle’s honour to help.”
The band continued: “We look forward to celebrating Kyle’s life again at a public event in early October at the Fillmore in Detroit.”
Confirming his passing last month, the band said they were “devastated” by his untimely passing.
They wrote: “Kyle’s tragic loss came too early in his life and those of his bandmates. All are devastated by his passing. We will miss his smiles, his sincerity, his concern for other, and his impressive musical talent.”
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Today music lost another great with the passing of Kyle Pavone of We Came as Romans. Kyle’s tragic loss came too early in his life and those of his bandmates. All are devastated by his passing. We will miss his smiles, his sincerity, his concern for others, and his impressive musical talent. In lieu of flowers, we will be providing information regarding charity donations this coming week. The family and the band wish to thank their fans and the music community for all of their love and support as they navigate their grief. “Will I Be Remembered or Will I Be Lost in Loving Eyes?”
Forming in 2005, Pavone joined the group in 2008 following the departure of Chris Moore. Pavone became the longest serving vocalist of the band, releasing five studio albums with the group including their most recent,’Cold Like War’ in 2017.
In their statement the group added: “In lieu of flowers, we will be providing information regards charity donations this coming week.”
“The family and the band wish to thank their fans and the music community for all their love and support as they navigate their grief.”
The statement concluded by quoting lyrics from their song ‘Promise Me’: “Will I Be Remembered or Will I Be Lost in Loving Eyes?”
Meanwhile, tributes for the late singer have flooded social media. Pavone’s band mate Joshua Moore shared a photo of Pavone on Instagram and described him as: “The craziest, goofiest, most fun and lovable kid. I miss you so much.”
A friend of the late singer, Alex Lofton, tweeted: ‘RIP Kyle Pavone you will be missed. I remember you taking me on the bus and playing me the UWWGTB first mixes. Sad day in music, thoughts go out to the family and the rest of the dudes.’
You can read some more of the many tributes to Pavone below:
RIP Kyle Pavone you will be missed. I remember you taking me on the bus and playing me the UWWGTB first mixes. Sad day in music, thoughts go out to the family and the rest of the dudes
— SPHINXX (@whoisSPHINXX) August 25, 2018
RIP @kylepavone … gone too soon. We were just talking about Fortnite tactics a few weeks ago at @InkcarFestival … didn’t know that would be the last time i would see you. My love and thoughts are with all the WCAR dudes and kyle’s friends and family 💔💔💔
— Alan Ashby (@AlanAshby) August 25, 2018
I can't believe Kyle Pavone is gone, We Came As Romans were so huge for me when I was younger and I probably never would've really gotten into this scene if it weren't for them. RIP.
— sanction dad hat (@thenewdamnation) August 25, 2018
Walking with a heavy heart today. In absolute shock to hear about the passing of the extremely memorable, & inarguably generous Kyle Pavone. My sincere condolences go out to Josh, Andy, David & just everyone in the WCAR camp 😔
— Carlos Enrique Navarro Yañez (@Carlitos_N) August 25, 2018
Very sad to hear Kyle Pavone has passed away. Rest easy dude.. 😔. Thoughts are with the entire WCAR camp and all of his friends and family.
Photos from the first time i was able to shoot WCAR in 2015 at Warped. pic.twitter.com/aoJA6vHNz5
— Johnny Costa (@isahermit) August 25, 2018