The Troy-formed band We Came As Romans is planning an October tribute concert for its late singer Kyle Pavone and has established a charitable foundation in his name.
Pavone died on Aug. 25 at the age of 28. The group has revealed the cause of death was "an accidental overdose," although it did not offer any details other than that Pavone had been admitted to a Michigan hospital on Aug. 19.
In a new statement We Came As Romans writes that Pavone's death has inspired it to help others battling substance addictions: "The opposite of addiction is connection. If you are feeling disconnected or lost, there is help. Please take action, whether that is talking to your families and friends, meeting with a counselor or joining a support group. If you are a friend of family member of someone who is struggling, do not be silent! If you are an artist in need of support through your struggle, we have created the Kyle Pavone Foundation in Kyle’s honor to help."
No more specifics about the organization have been revealed yet, including details about donations that the group has asked for in lieu of flowers.
The group also announced that, "We look forward to celebrating Kyle's life again at a public event in early October at the Fillmore in Detroit." A date has not yet been revealed.
Pavone's death spurred an outpouring for reaction from bandmates and other artists.
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.
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