On Tuesday, musician Justin Lowe was found dead near the St. Croix River in Minnesota by a hiker. Lowe was the founding guitarist for the metalcore band After the Burial and had been missing since Saturday.
The guitarist was 32-years-old at the time of his death. Tragic.
However, it’s implied by the fellow members of ATB that their bandmate was struggling with an unspecified mental illness. In June, Lowe announced on Facebook that he would be leaving the rock group.
The band later responded:
“This is a very sad and hurtful situation for us to grasp, and unfortunately it is one we still don’t fully understand. Our dear friend, our brother onstage and off, has fallen into a very broken state of mind. A state that, despite our continued efforts, we have been powerless to get him out of.”
Whoa! The group’s site also noted that the founding member had gone missing before.
“We are very sorry we haven’t made a statement until now, but there is reasoning behind our decision. Early yesterday after he made the post, he went missing for the entire day. He was in minimal contact with only a few people over the phone, and the information we gathered from them gave us reason to believe he was unsafe in his current state of mind.”
“Justin is ill, and right now he needs more than ever to be shown that the world is not against him. He needs support and love from everyone, and to know that we only want what’s best for him. We will continue to support him and his family as best we can through this tough time.”
Authorities have suggested that the deceased’s injuries are consistent with a fall — but an official cause of death has yet to be released.
On Wednesday, Lowe’s former bandmate Dan Carle shared his heartbreak on the social media site.
“Our lives are forever changed today. I’m so very sorry Justin may you rest easy now my friend. Our thoughts belong with him and his family.”
Our thoughts are with Justin’s friends and family during this trying time.
[Image via Facebook.]