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You Say Party! Drummer Dies Aged 30
Devon Clifford, the drummer of Canadian alt-rock act You Say Party! We Say Die!, has died aged 30.
He collapsed during the band's Vancouver show at the Rickshaw Theatre venue on Friday (April 16).
Singer Becky Ninkovic reportedly asked fans at the gig to call 911 after he collapsed. He underwent emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage, but died April 18.
The band's record label Paper Bag has posted a statement from his family online:
YSPWSD's Devon Clifford experienced a massive brain haemorrhage resulting from congenital defects while on stage in Vancouver on Friday night and fell into a coma. A surgery was performed but sadly doctors were unable to save his life. He was 30.
Devon Clifford was an extremely gifted drummer and determined character. He loved his family, loved his band, loved traveling, loved being on stage and loved meeting people around the world. He was smart, witty, passionate, and music meant everything to him. He was also incredibly generous with his love and respected everybody he came into contact with. This was underlined by his work with the under privileged at the Portland Hotel Society.
The Clifford family would like to take this opportunity to remind young people to have the courage to follow their dreams like Devon did.
The family would also like to take this opportunity to thank everybody around the world for their kind words and stories about how Devon impacted their lives.
The band also paid tribute to their drummer via Twitter. Their post simply said: "DEVON CLIFFORD 1979 - 2010 R.I.P."