News is coming in this morning that Caspian bassist Chris Friedrich has passed away at the age of 29. Details regarding the cause of death have not been released at this time, but those close to Friedrich report it was an “unexpected” event.
Taking to Facebook earlier this morning, members of Caspian broke the news of Friedrich’s death and outlined their plans for a memorial this coming Saturday, August 31. Their update reads:
Dear friends, we write to you today with heavy hearts and indescribable sadness to tell you that our bass player, Chris Friedrich, died unexpectedly Sunday afternoon. We have lost a close friend, a true brother, and a presence that can never be replaced in any of our lives. Chris epitomized the heart and soul of Caspian, and in our own ways — both individually and collectively — dedicate ourselves to honoring his memory. We ask for privacy. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
We will be paying tribute this Saturday (8/31) to Chris by performing at The Engine Room in Manchester, NH. This is a benefit show for a friend of Chris’s who is seeking funding for a lung transplant. Chris was instrumental in putting this show together, and is the only way we know how to honor his memory at this time. You can find more information in our events section for this performance. We love you all so very much.”
Friedrich’s absence will be felt in the music community for a long time to come. Our thoughts go out to his friends, family, fans, and brothers in Caspian.