John Berry, co-founder of the Los Angeles slowcore indie rock band Idaho, has died at 51. The group posted a Facebook message to fans on Saturday saying Berry “passed away peacefully in his sleep.”
“He had a uniquely bright spirit that I know is still shining brilliantly in some other plane,” reads the message. “So much love headed towards you right now….. We had quite a wild ride…thanks for showing me how to make music from the core.”
Berry and Jeff Martin started Idaho in 1992 after spending years playing together in various groups around Los Angeles. In 1993 the band released its debut album, Year After Year, on Caroline.
While they would pick up more bandmates over the years, later on the group became primarily Martin’s project. Berry left the band before its next album in 1994, Pitchfork reports. Late last year, the band released The Broadcast of Disease, which featured a number of Berry and Martin’s early recordings.