Dev Hynes, otherwise known as Blood Orange, has paid tribute to his former Test Icicles bandmate Sam Mehran.
Mehran, who was a founding member of Test Icicles, has died at the age of 31.
The news of Mehran’s death was confirmed by Gunk TV Records owner Zak Mering, who said: “You will be sorely missed and loved by many forever,” while writing on Instagram. “The most talented musician I’ve ever had the pleasure of being close friends with.
“I know you’re in a better place brother. You will not be forgotten.”
No cause of death has yet been announced.
Mehran formed Test Icicles in 2004 alongside Rory Atwell before later inviting Dev Hynes (who is now Blood Orange) to join the band. The dance-punk group went on to release their debut album For Screening Purposes Only in 2005 which received notable success. However, the band would split just a year later.
Now, in reaction to Mehran’s passing, Hynes paid tribute to his friend in a message on social media: “Every time I was with you we were 17 again. You were such a gift to this world. The floor has gone and I don’t know where to stand. RIP #sammehran?”
Each member Test Icicles would go on to have solo success, Mehran himself working in several projects under the alias Sam Meringue.
Some other alias’ Mehran performed under included Outer Limits Recordings and Outer Limitz and more.