Jacob Thiele, the former keyboard player in popular indie punk band The Faint, has passed away at the age of 40.
Thiele, who joined The Faint in 1998 before leaving in 2016, also worked on a side project called Depressed Buttons with Fink and Clark Baechle. The cause of his death has not been revealed.
“We are devastated to lose our dear friend Jacob Thiele,” his former bandmates wrote in a statement posted to social media. “He was a true synthesizer pioneer, and the Faint would not have sounded the same without him. We were incredibly lucky to have had the time we did with him.”
Saddle Creek Records, the band’s label, said: “We’re so incredibly sad to say goodbye to our friend Jacob Thiele,” in a statement. “A brilliant player and synth pioneer, his contributions to The Faint are deep and undeniable. His influence on Omaha and our greater music community will forever be felt. All of our love to those who loved him.”
Singer Todd Fink took to social media in a personal post to say: “So many good times with Jacob. Overwhelming sadness now.”