Oli Herbert, the genius lead guitarist and founding member of the heavy metal band All That Remains, has died.
He was 44.
Beloved guitarist passes away
Along with vocalist Phil Labonte, Herbert was a founding member of the band and appeared on all of nine of their studio albums going back to 1998.
Herbert and the rest of All That Remains have seen success with hit singles like “Two Weeks” and “Forever in Your Hands,” hits that earned them a nomination for best breakthrough artist at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in 2009.
Two decades after the release of their first album, the band still has a committed national fan base, and its members have toured consistently throughout the northeast U.S., especially in places like Syracuse, NY and Springfield, MA, where the group was formed.
The circumstances behind Herbert’s untimely death remain a mystery, and the late musician’s wife, Beth, has been reluctant to provide details until relatives have “a complete picture” of his last moments.
However, TMZ and Billboard have reported that Herbert was reported missing to authorities before he was found dead in a pond near his Connecticut home on Tuesday.
Investigators stated that they do not believe that any foul play contributed to the guitarist’s death. An autopsy has been scheduled with the local medical examiner’s office.
Herbert’s widow said that “there are still relatives being informed of Oli’s passing,” but that the family would release a public statement in the next few days. She thanked fans for their support and kind words.
Band members, fans left “devastated”
An official statement from the band’s Instagram page honored Herbert’s contributions to the hard rock genre and looked back on the impact he had on so many lives. His bandmates wrote:
We were devastated to learn that Oli Herbert, our friend, guitar player, and founding member of All That Remains, has passed away.
Oli was an incredibly talented guitarist and song writer who defined Rock and Metal from the Northeast. His impact on the genres and our lives will continue indefinitely.
Besides being a performer, Herbert was committed to his gifted talent as a guitarist in other ways. He was a guitar instructor to many aspiring musicians, and his Facebook page is filled with creative and technical musings about his craft.
All that remains now for fans is to mourn the death of a legendary teacher, musician, and family man, and to remember Herbert’s passion for his art form.
The band’s latest album, Victim of the New Disease, is due online and in stores on Nov. 9.