The original guitarist with Brooklyn hardcore act Candiria, Chris Puma, has died, the band confirmed in a brief statement:
"The cause is not known to us, as his family did not speak of it. He leaves behind two children — 3-year-old Aislinn A'marie and 4-month-old Aidan Todd.
"Chris was a great friend to the founding members of the band, and a respected musician among his friends and peers. He was a kind and gentle person and he will be missed."
Chris was with band from formation in 1992 until 1997. He played on all the band's releases during that half-decade, including 1995's Deep In The Mental.