Oli Herbert, founding guitarist of Massachusetts metal band All That Remains, has died at age 44.
“We were devastated to learn that Oli Herbert, our friend, guitar player, and founding member of All That Remains, has passed away,” the band wrote on its Facebook page Wednesday morning (Oct. 17). “Oli was an incredibly talented guitarist and song writer who defined Rock and Metal from the Northeast. His impact on the genres and our lives will continue indefinitely.”
The group said that no further details on Herbert’s death were available at press time.
Hello everyone this is Beth, Oli’s widow. Thank you all for the kind thoughts and words. I don’t want to go into what happened until we have a complete picture, but as soon as we do there will be a statement from… https://t.co/zzZqQPeea4
— Oli Herbert (@OliHerbert4Real) October 17, 2018
According to Connecticut State Trooper spokesperson Tanya Compagnone, Herbert was found dead in a pond near his Connecticut home around 5 p.m., where police were dispatched on Tuesday afternoon after someone reported the guitarist missing. Officers searched the area and found Herbert’s body in a pond, with officials saying at press time that there doesn’t appear to be anything suspicious about his death; an autopsy was slated for Wednesday to determine the cause of death.
Until his death, along with singer Phil Labonte, Herbert was the only other remaining original member of the group. Herbert appeared on all nine of the group’s albums, including the upcoming Victim of the New Disease (Nov. 9). A spokesperson for the band had no additional comment at press time.
Check out some tributes to Herbert below.
Really shocked to learn of Oli Herbert passing away. AE and ATR toured together years ago and Oli always used to come out and see us play when we came through his area. The nicest guy. The metal community’s lost another great musician way too early. #RIPOliHerbert #AllThatRemains pic.twitter.com/B4CM5pKEbA
— Michael Amott (@Michael_Amott) October 17, 2018
R.I.P. OLI HERBERT: I am shocked to learn of the death of my friend Oli Herbert of All That Remains. A tremendous musician, phenomenal guy and frequent guest on my show for many years. All my love to his family and to everyone in the band. I’m stunned. So long, Oli. #OliHerbert pic.twitter.com/ENzCWNOMRd
— Lou Brutus (@LouBrutus) October 17, 2018
The world has lost one of the sweetest and most talented musicians I have ever known. Oli Herbert of All That Remains was always so kind and friendly every time you saw him and a literal wizard on the guitar. Such devastating news and such a sad and tragic loss. #RIPOli
— Brian Fair (@brianshadfall) October 17, 2018
Oli Herbert of All That Remains was an incredible guitarist, musician, and friend. We were honored to work with him, and will remember his music forever. pic.twitter.com/ItGmZb1Nax
— Razor & Tie (@razorandtie) October 17, 2018
These are the news I would NEVER EVER want to give. I am deeply saddened by hearing that Oli Herbert from All that Remains passed away. I will always remember him as a very sweet, kind and… https://t.co/jMO84Ta0gT
— Cristina Scabbia (@MissScabbia) October 17, 2018
RIP Oli Herbert..A great talent and a great human being.
— Mark Tremonti (@MarkTremonti) October 17, 2018
Sunflower Dead is absolutely devastated to hear of the loss of this great man, Oli Herbert. pic.twitter.com/gU8znAaIiB
— SUNFLOWER DEAD (@SUNFLOWERDEAD) October 17, 2018
All That Remains were a pleasure to tour with and Oli was a fun and friendly class act of a guy as well as a great musician. Thank you for the good times and great opportunities. #oliherbert
— Johannes Eckerström (@Johannes_Avatar) October 17, 2018
Check out Herbert’s signature crushing riffs on “Madness” below.