Sunday, November 25, 2007

Guitarobit: Casey Calvert

The guitarist with Hawthorne Heights, Casey Calvert, died in his sleep on Friday.

The band have issued at a statement:

Today is probably the worst day ever. Its with our deepest regrets that we have to write this. Casey Calvert passed away in his sleep last night. We found out this afternoon before sound-check. We've spent the entire day trying to come to grips with this and figure out as much as possible. At this time we're not sure what exactly happened. Just last night he was joking around with everyone before he went to bed. We can say with absolute certainty that he was not doing anything illegal. Please, out of respect to Casey and his family, don't contribute or succumb to any gossip you may hear. We don't want his memory to be tainted in the least. Casey was our best friend. He was quirky and awesome and there will truly be no others like him! His loss is unexplainable. As soon as we know more we will let you know.

Calvert was 26 years old. He had lived through some volatile times as a member of Hawthorne Heights, including fighting a battle to be freed from the terms of contract with Victory Records which the band maintained was unfair, and becoming embroiled in a seedy attempt to nobble NeYo's sales by encouraging fans to make it difficult to find his album. The band claimed this was down to the label and they knew nothing about it.

With or without dirty tricks, Hawthorne Heights built an impressive fan base; their second album, If Only You Were Lonely, made it to number three in the Billboard album charts early last year.

[Update: 26/11/07 - Billboard are reporting the cause of death was probably asthma]


59 comments:

Anonymous said...

RIPPPPPPP.

Anonymous said...

rip casey. we all love you<3

Sierra said...

RIP Casey!!! We love and will miss you forever! Hawthorne Heights won't be the same without you!!!

Sierra<333

Anonymous said...

R.I.P Casey The world will miss you....but you keep it rockin in heaven ok!!!

Anonymous said...

Rock hard in your grave man!
I still wanna be able to here you.
r.i.p
<3 Rachel E

Anonymous said...

emofag is crying :'(

Anonymous said...

RIP <3
Casey will always be remembered forever and ever.

Anonymous said...

RiP CASEY :'(
WE WiLL ALWAYS L0Ve YOUU & YOU WiLL NEVER BE fORGOTTEN <3

Lizz said...

RIP Casey;
we will never forget you.

stephanie said...

rip casey i will miss u and all those jokes u made bcuz i was sad. i wish i could hav seen u one more time.

i love you <3

Gini said...

oh my god i can't believe he's dead. this is awful. i'm in shock right now.

Steffanie said...

wow, this is still a shock.
RIP Casey. <3

Anonymous said...

casey...
goodnight babe.

Rest in peace.
i love you.


<3
forever and always.

Anonymous said...

RIP Casey C. You were amazing now and will still be amazing to others in the future..
Miss you will all my heart! <3

Jordan said...

Anonymous said...
emofag is crying :'(

25/11/07 11:30 PM
-----------------------------------
wow
this is death were talking about
and yet
this fucktard still insults them.
Death is no joke people
just get a life

Anonymous said...

Casey.. I miss you soo very mush and always will you rocked. you were also really funny and cute. RIP. I'm soo sorry you passed away so young=[
I love you
Good luck in HeAvEn!

Anonymous said...

RIP Casey

It's disgusting how people are trying to make jokes about this by the way.

hunter said...

wow i seriously cant believe this :'( rip <3

Anonymous said...

you will be missed <3

Lizzy said...

wow...rip casey...we love u..

ALWAYS MISSED & NEVER FORGOTTEN!!

Anonymous said...

casey we'll miss ya' FE!!, i just wanna now why?? why did this h.a.p.e.n.??, well with all my true love to you , your family, and HH...

"KEEP SCREAMIN' AT HEAVEN,YOU'RE NOW FORGIVEN!"

REST IN PIECE...
EMILIO..
HH WE'LL ALWAYS ROCK WITH YOUR SOUL

Anonymous said...

We remember you all the life. I reaally miss your screams and see you in the tour... We love you (w)

Anonymous said...

RIP Casey everyone loves you and misses you! I wish I would have gotten the chance to see you.

Anonymous said...

RIP Casey!
We Will Always Remember You!
Me And All My Friends Love You And Will Never Forget You!
Nothing Will Be The Same With Out You!
Keep Rocking Forever!!!!!!!!

We Love You Forever!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

RIP casey......it will never be the same without you.......<3333

Anonymous said...

so sad :(

Anonymous said...

RIP CASEY CALVERT<3

You were truly a sweet guy,
You will never be forgotten
and we will always love you!

Anonymous said...

we will allways love you Casey!!

keep playing the great gig in heaven!

il see you there soon :)

i only found out today and...

it made me weep

xXxRIPxXx

you will never be forgotten

Anonymous said...

R.I.P CASEY YOU WILL BE MISSED <3

Anonymous said...

hey man u were my hero best of luck to hawthorne heights! later
R.I.P.Casey Calvert
and sierra rights
Cody
Sullivan,IL

Anonymous said...

Hey Man U Are The Best Screamer Ever I Cant Believe This Is Happening The Whole World Is Gunna Miss U Best Of Luck To HH,Family Of Casey And Casey Himfself
Love U Man

Anonymous said...

Hey Man U Are The Best Screamer Ever I Cant Believe This Is Happening The Whole World Is Gunna Miss U Best Of Luck To HH,Family Of Casey And Casey Himfself
Love U Man

Anonymous said...

R.I.P. Casey Calvert. We all love you and will never forget you.

Anonymous said...

RIP Casey Calvert I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Casey you will be missed by everyone.....you were an inspiration to us,you will be remembered as you were not as you are,a fun loving and caring person,R.I.P Casey we miss you with all are hearts♥.....we love you.

Anonymous said...

Casey you will be missed by everyone.....you were an inspiration to us,you will be remembered as you were not as you are,a fun loving and caring person,R.I.P Casey we miss you with all are hearts♥.....we love you.

Brendan Dunlevy said...

CASEY- im going to miss you and im going to miss your music. This is one of the most sadening days in my life. KEEP ROCKIN DUDE! warped will never be the same and neaither will any of your songs.


love always, Brendan Dunlevy

lizzz said...

rip babe<3
you will be missed.

Dan said...

Sometimes life is just too damn short, and this is a sad and very unfortunate example. Just to think...Casey was so upbeat, a devoted (and proud) vegetarian, a devoted husband, and a beloved musician, bandmate and friend to many. There is so much that can be said, but I think that the best thing right now for his wife, the band and all his close friends is to respect their privacy and give them all the time they will need to be alone and deal with this unbelievably tragic occurance. May Casey Calvert Rest In Peace.

Kevin said...

Dear Hawthorne members,

I cannot come to terms with the saddening we all have to come to terms with, including fans, friends, family, and of course those closest, you dedicated musicians. When I press play on If "Only You Were Lonely" on my iTunes, I brace myself for the strong lyrics and singing style Casey uses at the beginning of "This Is Who We Are". Since my fanship started, I have been especially fond of watching Casey on stage, and hearing his voice. He was an inspiration to my music writing, and he also brought me very close to your excellent work.

I understand how much this must hurt to lose such a close friend. My emotions let me think that he was a sort of older brother that just isn't there any more. He will always be in my memories and thoughts.

(Rest In Peace Casey!)

-Kevin Islam, 13
Dallas, Texas
TheAnimalConspiracy

Amanda said...

I was never a big fan of Hawthorne Heights, but this is still incredibly sad news. They were good musicians, and great performers. My condolences go out to the band, friends, family, fans...everyone touched in some way by his death.

RIP Casey.

Anonymous said...

R.I.P. Casey
You were amazing,man.
You'll always be remembered.

Anonymous said...

Rock Heaven oout babe!!!!
I love you and HH, and so do many others!
Ive just found out about it yesterday and I was in utter shock... i still am.
Nothing will ever be the same without you there rockin our worlds.
WE LOVE YOU!!!
RIP CASEY
rock in peace.

Anonymous said...

wow i dont know what to say, i guess if the band goes on, please dont get anyone new, no one could ever replace Casey!

Anonymous said...

wow i dont know what to say, i guess if the band goes on, please dont get anyone new, no one could ever replace Casey!

ashley said...

dude, im totally bawling...i met casey and he...he was so awesome...RIP..no one will ever forget him...and anyone who listened to Hawthonre Heights will never be the same...

September said...

=[
omg.omg.omg.omg.
I went into shock when I heard this. I was in school and I was just checking my email. And my friend sent me a link. omg. Scream so loud that God gets a headache!!

R.i.P. <3 I miss you.

Hope said...

Hey Casey, you guys i'm so sorry I accually felt my heart hurt when I heard this a friend told me and now I cry at night more than I normally do. I cry because Hawthorne Heights was the only thing I had. I'm going to send mail to Simple Plan so If they run in to you they ill give your friends(the rest of the guys) the clay emo heart I made and painted black. Yeah I'm emo it doesn't matter right now though, I'll miss you I treally hope the band stays together though for your sake I think all the other (like me) were hurt more by this loss along with the other friends and family mainly for us because you and the guys were all somwe of had I will always morn this, the saddest thing about this is I only found this out on monday, and on the finding out of your death I was happy that day (me not know of this) I got a dwarf hamster but now because of this I nicknamed hid Casey for your skae now I pray EVERY night just for you and the guys. Also my dream was to go to warptour which I was going to but lost my friends number therefore I couldn't call to get the tickets I'm very sorry and when I was reading comment on a different site about this on Monday, I saw some wrong commets and then chewed thaat person out I would be at the funeral but saddly can't. This was all life changing for me very. I told my friend after he told me 'I think I just died inside.' and 'Out of all the things I could besad about, I never new I could be this sad.' On that day I listened to Saying Sorry over and over and haven't listened to any of you guys since then. When I told my mom yeterday she said it was probally od. I shouted and scream no it wasn't I got chewed out for it but a brusing beating would be worth it gladly she didn't she just yelled back - still worth it. I was totally dead that day and still am inside. So if you guy get mail from Simle Plan it's from me
Name:Hope O.
I'm very sorry guys for your lost of him R.I.P bye...*swallows up more tears*
-Hope
AKA
<3Natures Tuxedo<3

P.S. - In loving memory of Casey Calvert 1981 - 2007

Hope said...

P.S. ROCK HARD IN YOUR GRAVE your in my hall of fame Hawthorne Heights will never be the same without you but I hope they stay together for your sake.

-Hope
AKA
<3Nature's Tuxedo<3

Hope said...

Jordan said...
Anonymous said...
emofag is crying :'(

25/11/07 11:30 PM
-----------------------------------
wow
this is death were talking about
and yet
this fucktard still insults them.
Death is no joke people
just get a life

26/11/07 3:55 AM

yeah you know what if you didn't like them go away! don't insult him get alife he was funny, sweet sensitive, how dare you! *slaps across face* some people might have killed themselves just because them heard this stupid homo! it's hard enough from his loss don't make it harder by insulting him!

Hope said...

Kevin said...
Dear Hawthorne members,

I cannot come to terms with the saddening we all have to come to terms with, including fans, friends, family, and of course those closest, you dedicated musicians. When I press play on If "Only You Were Lonely" on my iTunes, I brace myself for the strong lyrics and singing style Casey uses at the beginning of "This Is Who We Are". Since my fanship started, I have been especially fond of watching Casey on stage, and hearing his voice. He was an inspiration to my music writing, and he also brought me very close to your excellent work.

I understand how much this must hurt to lose such a close friend. My emotions let me think that he was a sort of older brother that just isn't there any more. He will always be in my memories and thoughts.

(Rest In Peace Casey!)

-Kevin Islam, 13
Dallas, Texas
that was deeo and it was an inpiration to my music,poems, and drawing too
Hope O.

Livon said...

wow, i was devistated when i found this out. and it relly pissed me off that he passed away for no reason, and this really hits a place in my heart because i lost a pretty good friend nearly a year ago in a drunk driving accident. but then i thought, "my friend had to suffer till his death, at least casey died peacfully with his body not touched" so i know its sad, but we gotta move on, so think positivly, at least he wasnt hurt, and im sure he is happy =]

<3 R.I.P. Casey Calvert (and Vahagn Setian)

Anonymous said...

R.I.P Casey we all love and miss you hawthorne heights will never be the same without you. you will never be forgotten ='( :'(

kaitlyn <3

Anonymous said...

RIP CASEY.
We love you, and you'll be missed.
Keep rocking in heaven,
Give all those dead people something to be excited about.
<33333
xoxoxo

kym said...

R.I.P Casey

Anonymous said...

I remember when i met Casey and the rest of the guys from Hawthorne Heights. Probably the best night of my life!!!! He was sooooo sweet, down to earth..and SOOOOO FUNNY!!!!! I cant believe he is gone. I live in Ohio and i attended the visitation...one of the WORST days of my life!! I couldnt believe what i was their for. Never in a million years did i think i would live to see this tragic day in rock n roll history. We will never forget you Screamo!! I will miss seeing your crazy butt jump around on stage at the HH shows. It just wont be the same without you. :( R.I.P. Casey..U deserve it!


"As days go by...The memories remain..I WONT LET GO"

JaeGrey! said...

I was sitting in Starbucks when i heard of Casey's death. Right there, I broke down in tears. I never got the chance to see them live but i was always looking them up on youtube to watch live videos. I am deeply sorry and in pain for all the friends, family, and fans of HH. I remember the first time I heard them, i was with my friend and she played "Ohio Is For Lovers". Im a huge fan of guitars and fell in love with his talent at that moment. I hope HH stays together. I love all they have done and want to see more come from them. Even at a loss without Casey there.

<3 JaeGrey!

Anonymous said...

R.I.P casey.
we will always love you and miss you<3 i only found out today, christmas eve!:'(

Anonymous said...

I regret not meeting you at least once Casey. Ive followed HH from the beginning, from the young A Day In The Life all the way up to what you are today. WHen i heard the news from my brother who was a techy at the gig at the time... i broke down. I could hardly breathe i was crying so much. Since then i've learnt how to play all your guitar riffs, every time i play, i dedicate them to you.

I really looked up to you. I guess i still do. There isnt a day that goes by that i dont think about you. For some reason that im not really sure about, you really touched my heart. The whole band did, but you in a different way somehow.

I love you, we all do. Our Hearts Are Heavy And Light. You're the only screamer for me.

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