You Say Party! We Say Die! Drummer Dies at Age 30
Tue, 20 Apr 2010 10:20:09
Devon Clifford, drummer for Canadian alt-rock band You Say Party! We Say Die!, one of the best band names ever, has passed away. The skins beater collapsed during the band's show at the Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver on Friday, April 16. He was only 30-years-old. What a tragedy.
Singer Becky Ninkovic reportedly asked fans at the gig to call 911 after the drummer collapsed. Clifford then underwent emergency surgery for a brain hemorrhage, but sadly, he died April 18.
A family statement has been posted online by the band's label, Paper Bag. It reads as follows:
"YSPWSD's Devon Clifford experienced a massive brain hemorrhage resulting from congenital defects while on stage in Vancouver on Friday night and fell into a coma. A surgery was performed but sadly doctors were unable to save his life. He was 30. "Devon Clifford was an extremely gifted drummer and determined character. He loved his family, loved his band, loved traveling, loved being on stage and loved meeting people around the world. He was smart, witty, passionate, and music meant everything to him. He was also incredibly generous with his love and respected everybody he came into contact with. This was underlined by his work with the under privileged at the Portland Hotel Society.
"The Clifford family would like to take this opportunity to remind young people to have the courage to follow their dreams like Devon did.
"The family would also like to take this opportunity to thank everybody around the world for their kind words and stories about how Devon impacted their lives."
How sad does this news make you? The only thing we can say at least he was doing what he loved. Our heartfelt thoughts go out to his friends, family and fans.