Trish Doan, longtime bassist for Canadian metal band Kittie, has died at 31. The band announced her passing on Monday (Feb. 13) on their Facebook page, calling Doan “so bring and vibrant and talented.” At press time a cause of death had not been revealed. The native of South Korea joined the band in 2005, leaving in 2007 before returning in 2012.
Her contributions can be heard on the band’s 2006 EP, Never Again, and on the 2007 full-length album Funeral For Yesterday. Blabbermouth reported that Doan moved to Australia in 2009 to work on a college degree, then returned to Canada in 2011 and rejoined the band formed in 1996 by sisters Morgan and Mercedes Lander. Doan’s Twitter account indicated that she moved back to Australia in 2013. Her most recent tweet was from Jan. 8, when she posted a link to the Defeat Depression charity, writing, “Not one to fundraise, except for this. Without these resources, my sister, I would be dead.”
The band struggled to find words to describe Doan in the FB tribute to their beloved bassist. “She was so bright and vibrant and talented and we loved her and still do,” they wrote in the post, which had more than 1,500 supportive comments at press time. “She was so much more than just a musician or member of the band. She was our blood, our sister and family. Finding our way without her will be challenging, like a ship without a lighthouse, and we are devastated.”
Ivy Vujic Jenkins, who played bass before and after Doan in the band, wrote on her FB page, “Anyone who has ever met Trish Doan, knows that she was one of the sweetest, kindest, most down to earth people on this planet. I loved seeing her beautiful photos of Australian sunsets and city skylines, and nerding out about bass gear and geeky tech stuff. Everyone loved Trish more than she ever realized.” A spokesperson for the Kittie’s label, eOne, could not be reached for additional comment at press time.
Her sister, Riley Doan, wrote on Facebook that the bassist died on Saturday (Feb. 11). “To all who knew her, she lived life passionately and with her heart on her sleeve,” Riley Doan said. “We were all blessed to have had her bright light in our lives. Trish always stood up for what she believed in and she wasn’t afraid to tell the truth. She was a passionate musician, a talented photographer, and a renowned techie whose ability to solve Dad’s computer issues will be sorely missed.”
Memorial service details have not yet been announced.