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RIP Isaiah 'Ikey' Owens


We thought we would post a quick tribute to one of the world’s most talented and heartfelt keys players; Isaiah ‘Ikey’ Owens who suddenly died yesterday whilst on tour with Jack White in Mexico.

He was found dead in his hotel room in Puebla with the circumstances surrounding the death, remain as yet undisclosed. Further shows in Mexico with White have now been cancelled out of respect for the former Mars Volta man.

A statement posted on the websites of White and Third Man said: “It is with great sadness that we tell the world of the passing of the incredible musician Isaiah ‘Ikey’ Owens.

“He will be missed and loved forever by his family, friends, bandmates and fans.”

Having been playing with White in his support band for the last 2 years Ikey originally gained success with his Dub bands and the blending of genres became his forte.

He moved into critical and global acclaim with Mars Volta but also experienced success with Free Moral Agents among other projects. In truth his life was as varied and eclectic as his talent, a creative genius which will forever be sorely missed by the musical community.

For now revel in his collective ambition and astute command of his art.

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Jack Whatley