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Black Tusk’s Jonathan Athon Dies at Age 32

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We’ve just learned that Black Tusk’s bassist and vocalist, Jonathan Athon (pictured above in the middle), has tragically died following a motorcycle accident Friday night (Nov. 7). Prior to his death, the musician was in critical condition and was placed in a medically-induced coma. He was 32 years old.

Announcing the news of his passing today (Nov. 9), Black Tusk’s publicist issued the following statement:

It is with deep regret and saddened hearts that we must tell you that Athon passed away this morning from injuries sustained from his motorcycle accident. Doctors told us that he suffered irreparable brain damage shortly after the accident. He has been in a coma and sustained by life support until now. As per his wishes, we removed Athon from his life support systems and his organs will be donated. His body will be cremated and a memorial is being planned for family and friends in Savannah. He was 32 years old and will be forever missed. Thank you all for your support during this devastating time for us, it would have made him proud.

As Loudwire explains, Athon was riding his motorcycle with his girlfriend, Emily Boutwell, when they crashed into the side of an Acura.

For those who aren’t familiar with Black Tusk, they formed in 2005 and created a signature mix of sounds, ranging from stoner and sludge metal to hardcore punk (reminiscent of acts like Baroness and Kylesa). They’ve released four studio albums and three EPs, including 2014’s ‘Vulture’s Eye.’

Diffuser would like to extend our deepest condolences to Athon’s bandmates, friends and family during this time.

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