Guitarist Jay Smith, who hails from Halifax and is a musician with the band Matt Mays, died while on tour, the band officially announced on their Facebook page.
The post read:
"Our guitar player and dear friend Jay Smith passed away this morning in Edmonton. As you can all imagine, we are completely devastated. However, in our heart of hearts we know that we need to Play on. Jay's family as well as the band know he would have wanted it that way. All the proceeds from the remaining shows will be put into a trust for his two beautiful children. Jay's wit, charm, and unparalleled love of music will never be forgotten.
He was our brother and he will live in our hearts and song forever.
Matt, Serge, Damien, Adam and Matt"
Smith was found dead in his hotel room, although according to reports, foul play is not suspected. No news on funeral plans have been disclosed.
The band's next show is scheduled for Vancouver tonight. They're also booked to join Gaslight Anthem on a tour beginning next month, but there's no word on whether this will happen.
Photo: Matt Mays