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THE MARS VOLTA have cancelled their US tour following the death of bandmember JEREMY WARD.

The group were due to start their dates with the Red Hot Chili Peppers this evening (June 2), ending on June 21.

However, following the death of ‘sound manipulator’ Jeremy Ward, those shows will now not take place. A spokesperson for the band told NME.COM the UK shows should still go ahead later this year.

Ward, 27, was found dead in his Los Angeles home by his roommate (May 25). The cause of death has yet to be determined pending autopsy.

Ward worked on every one of their recordings and live shows. The have issued a statement that reads: “We have collaborated with Jeremy for the past ten 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.”