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Local rock singer's death mourned by fellow artists
Tributes for Kyle Pavone, vocalist with the Troy-formed modern rock band We Came As Romans, began pouring in almost immediately -- from his bandmates and other musicians -- after the group announced his death over the weekend.
Pavone, 28, died on Saturday, Aug. 25. WCAR announced his passing via social media, saying that "Kyle's tragic loss came too early in his life and those of his bandmates. All are devastated by his passing. We will miss his smiles, his sincerity, his concern for others, and his impressive musical talent." The group did not reveal the circumstances surrounding Pavone's sudden death.
Dave Stephens, WCAR's other vocalist, posted a photo of himself with Pavone and wrote "I will love you forever and miss you already, brother." The group's Joshua Moore also posted a photo of himself with Pavone on Instagram, writing that, "I love this picture so much because it shows you how I'll always remember you. The craziest, goofiest, most funny and lovable kid. I miss you so much."
Drummer David Puckett posted the most extensive comments from any of the band members, writing that, "None of us were ready to say goodbye. But I know that Kyle is happy right now, because the entire world came together with the unfortunate news. Tens of thousands of people all over the world supporting one another, encouraging each other and sharing stories together."
He added, "Kyle loved bringing people together, however he could- whether that was by being on stage, or by being he most ridiculous person in a room making everyone laugh. He loved creating moments for everyone to share, and he would be ecstatic to see us all supporting each other like the big family that we are. Thank you to everyone who has been reaching out to us and sharing your stories with us. Love you all."
WCAR also asked for charity donations in lieu of flowers and promised to name designated charities this week. "The family and the band wish to thank their fans and the music community for all of their love and support as they navigate their grief," the statement concluded.
It also included a cryptic lyric from its song "Promise Me" -- "Will I be remembered or will I be lost in loving eyes?" -- which Pavone posted Aug. 18 on his Twitter page.
Pavone -- a Birmingham native who attended Seaholm High School, according to his Facebook artist page -- joined WCAR during 2008, three years after the sextet formed in Troy. Singing "clean" vocals alongside Stephens' growls, Pavone first appeared on the 2008 EP "Dreams" and also played keyboards.
WCAR has released five studio albums, four of which debuted in the Top 10 of Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart. "Tracing Back Roots" is the band's most successful outing to date, reaching No. 8 on the Billboard 200. WCAR has also donated tracks to numerous compilations and appeared several times on the Vans Warped Tour lineup.
Its most recent album, "Cold Like War," came out during 2017.
Many other musicians paid tribute to Pavone on social media after the news was announced.
Taylor Lumley from the band Beartooth tweeted "thankful for our friendship in life and glad we were able to share some truly fun and memorable times together." Of Mice & Men's Aaron Pauley posted a message that "You were an energy all your own" and recalled that the two "were just talking about Fortnite tactics a few weeks ago" during the Inkcar Festival."
The band Miss May I wrote that it was "Thinking back on fond memories of our dear friend ... today" and Black Veil Brides drummer Christian Coma added that, "I will always remember the big smiles and warm greetings whenever we would run into each other."
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