“It is with great sadness that we tell the world of the passing of the incredible musician Isaiah Ikey Owens. He will be missed and loved forever by his family, friends, bandmates and fans. Ikey Owens was an astounding keyboard player in Jack White’s backing band. He also played with Mars Volta, Free Moral Agents, and many other projects. Out of respect for Ikey, the remaining shows of the Jack White Tour in Mexico have been cancelled. We will all miss you Ikey. You were and are an incredible artist”.
L’annuncio improvviso viene dato dalla Third Man Records. Isaiah Randolph “Ikey” Owens è morto a 38 anni in una stanza d’albergo di Puebla in Messico. Californiano di Long Beach, straordinario tastierista, produttore, apprezzato anche in seno ai Mars Volta (da ‘Tremulant’ a ‘Octahedron’) e nei progetti De Facto, Free Moral Agents e Look Daggers. Nel 2014 lo avevamo visto collaborare (‘Lazaretto’ a parte) anche con i Rival Sons e i Mastodon. La notizia è stata data dal Periodico Digital. Nella camera dell’artista è stata trovata droga e dell’alcol ma le cause del decesso ancora non si conoscono.
The coroner has determined that Ikey Owens died from a heart attack the morning of October 14th at approximately 4 am. The only drugs found in his room were a small amount of marijuana. Ikey, born Isaiah Randolph Owens was a GRAMMY award winning artist best known for his work with Jack White, the Mars Volta, De Facto and Free Moral Agents, among others. He was a beloved member of the music community as well as his hometown of Long Beach, CA.