The San Diego, California music scene woke up to tragic news over the weekend, as it was announced that a young, popular local musician was found dead.
Gabe Serbian, the longtime drummer of San Diego noise punk outfit the Locust, died at the age of 44. His band confirmed the news on social media over the weekend, according to Pitchfork.
The band was well known for combingin “typical rock instruments with keyboards and synthesizers, lending an experimental edge to their work.”
Serbian was hailed as a transformative drummer in the group’s genre.
Serbian’s band, the Locust, announced his untimely death on Sunday, noting that he had died on Saturday, April 30.
“It’s with heavy hearts that we have to share the passing of Gabe Serbian on April 30th, 2022,” the band wrote.
The band added: “This world will miss Gabe as a friend, family member, musician, and artist. He will continue to live on in so many ways and through everyone he has connected with during his time with us.”
It’s with heavy hearts that we have to share the passing of Gabe Serbian on April 30th, 2022. This world will miss Gabe as a friend, family member, musician, and artist. He will continue to live on in so many ways and through everyone he has connected with during his time with us pic.twitter.com/vxERoAcS1C
— The Locust (@LocustOfficial) May 1, 2022
“We hope that you can find a way to celebrate his life,” the band continued, adding a link for a memorial fund set up in the drummer’s name.
Tributes pour in
While Serbian wasn’t a drummer in a mainstream genre band, he was popular and well known in his genre, and it’s no surprise that tributes poured in for the late drummer on social media over the weekend.
“Gabe Serbian passed away Saturday. He was unlike any other human being I have encountered. He was the rarest of the rare. He will be with me every single time I am on stage for the rest of my life. I will miss him forever,” wrote former bandmate Justin Pearson.
“An acquired taste for many but 19 years ago, I travelled internationally to be in the front row for this performance. RIP to @LocustOfficial’s drummer Gabe Serbian,” another user wrote.
So far, no official cause of death has been announced.