Tiger Merritt, the guitarist and vocalist in Morning Teleportation, has died at the age of 31.

The psychedelic rock band, formed in 2009, have two full length studio albums to their name with the most recent coming in the shape of 2017 effort Salivating for Symbiosis.

Merritt, who co-founded the band, worked with Modest Mouse’s very own Isaac Brock when producing the band’s debut record. Tragically though, the band have now revealed the news that Merritt has passed away

“All who knew him understood that he was an anomaly; we’ve never met someone like him in our lifetime,” Morning Teleportation wrote in a statement. “He was one of the kindest souls that we’ve ever come across, and it hurts to think about how he won’t be a hard-to-reach phone call away.”

You can read the band’s full statement, here:

It is with very heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Tiger Merritt. All who knew him understood that he was an anomaly; we’ve never met someone like him in our lifetime. His musicianship inspired us. His smile was contagious. He was one of the kindest souls that we’ve ever come across, and it hurts to think about how he won’t be a hard-to-reach phone call away. We want to thank everyone who has supported Tiger and our project, every fan and every friend. We’ve always been more than a band; we’ve been a family. Tiger and Travis have been best friends since childhood. Tiger was always someone capable of such beauty in his music, and we wish he could have continued to share that with you. Stay close to your loved ones while they’re here. Let them know what they mean to you. You all have meant the world to him, and you mean the world to us.

Love,

Morning Teleportation.


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