The world of punk rock music is sending love to the band Falling in Reverse, as it was revealed their founding guitarist Derek Jones died at the age of 35.
Falling in Reverse lead vocalist Ronnie Radke confirmed the news on his social media accounts Tuesday. Alongside a series of photos of Jones throughout his life, he wrote:
“I’ll never forget when you picked me up from jail in your old tour van to start falling in reverse. Your spirit will be interwoven through the music I write forever. Rest In Peace Derek Jones. My heart is broken.”
I’ll never forget when you picked me up from jail In Your old tour van to start falling in reverse. Your spirit will be interwoven through the music I write forever. Rest In Peace Derek Jones. My heart is broken. pic.twitter.com/6ugnm1MmTm
— RonnieRadke (@RonnieRadke) April 21, 2020
Jones’ passing comes months after his fiancée Christina Cetta died in November 2019 after an eight-month battle with cancer. The cause of his death is unknown.
The California native had devoted his life to music. Before joining Falling in Reverse in 2008, Jones was the lead guitarist for hardcore group A Smile From The Trenches. He actually played for both bands until 2010, when Radke got out of prison after serving over two years for probation violation.
In addition to Jones and Radke, the founding members of Falling in Reverse included Nick Rich, Gilbert Catalano, and Anthony Avila. The band released their first album, titled The Drug in Me Is You, in October 2011, and went on to release four albums between 2011 and 2017.
After news of Jones’ death broke, the punk rock community sent the band’s remaining members well wishes and paid tribute to the rocker. Check out some heartfelt reactions (below).
I Don’t Know How But They Found Me drummer (formerly Falling In Reverse) Ryan Seaman:
“RIP Derek Jones. I’m absolutely gutted and can’t even think straight. My condolences to his family, all of our friends that have been affected. All I can do is remember the good times and hope you can too. In your honor I’ll definitely be having Taco Bell tonight. Love you all.”
“Derek was always such a nice guy to us. Our condolences go out to the entire FIR camp.”
Of Mice & Men bassist Aaron Pauley:
“I’m so sorry man. Sending love to the whole FIR family.”
Dangerkids vocalist Tyler Smyth:
“very sad day…I don’t know what to say man, I’m so sorry. My heart goes out to him and you and both your friends, family, and loved ones”
WWE star Paige:
“Rip @DerekJonesFIR rest in power and peace with your Stina”
Another musician gone too soon. Our hearts go out to Jones’ family and the remaining members of Falling in Reverse at this tragic time.
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