Brisbane rock outfit Awaken I Am have announced the tragic passing of guitarist Connor Verner-Oakley.
In a statement posted online overnight, the band paid tribute to Verner-Oakley.
"Our heart is broken, we have lost our beautiful brother Connor in a tragic accident," the statement reads.
"Connor was family, our little brother and an irreplaceable part of what makes us a band. It’s hard to explain the bond between band members, we spent so much time together making music, playing shows, experiencing new cultures and most importantly laughing.
"To have lost him is completely devastating, he brought so much light and love to the band with his positive attitude, passion for music and his cheeky grin."
Read the full post below.
Awaken I Am released their latest single, Dissolution, earlier this month.
The band's label, Victory Records, and US band Slaves have since paid respect to Verner-Oakley.
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