By Marsha Lederman
Vancouver — Devon Clifford, the drummer for the B.C. band You Say Party! We Say Die!, has died after collapsing during a show in Vancouver on Friday night.
“It is with absolute sadness to report that our dear friend Devon Clifford passed away just hours ago in a Vancouver hospital surrounded by his family and friends,” the band’s publicist, Darryl Weeks, said in a statement Sunday morning. “He will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him.”
The band was performing at an all-ages show Friday at the Rickshaw Theatre, in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, when Clifford collapsed on stage. He was rushed to hospital.
The band send out messages on Twitter after his collapse: “There aren’t a lot of words right now. Let the doctors do their job.” And then: “We are devastated and trying to keep hope. He needs a miracle. Thank you.”
Clifford, who was born in 1979, grew up in Abbotsford, B.C., where the new-wave dance-punk band formed in 2003. He lived in Vancouver and worked for the Portland Hotel Society, which provides sustainable housing to people in the Downtown Eastside. He was described in a recent Globe interview with the band as being a "huge hockey fan" who has known fellow bandmate guitarist Derek Adam since they were babies.
The band had recently returned home after touring the U.S. and Western Canada in support of their most recent CD, XXXX.
They were scheduled to begin a tour of Europe later this month.
A video of my favourite YSP! WSD! song. NOT a video from that concert:
Source: The Globe and Mail
RIP. He seems like he was a great guy.
Devon Clifford, You Say Party! We Say Die! Drummer, Dies
by Joshua Ostroff
You Say Party! We Say Die! drummer Devon Clifford collapsed onstage during a Friday night concert in Vancouver and passed away early Sunday morning.
After Clifford fell during the concert, lead singer Becky Ninkovic asked audience members to call 911, and soon after midnight paramedics arrived and Clifford was rushed to the emergency room. The show came at the tail end of a long North American tour and the dance-rock band, hailing from the Vancouver suburb of Abbottsford, were planning to kick off their tour of Europe on April 26.
Clifford reportedly suffered a brain hemorrhage and after having emergency neurosurgery at 3AM, he was on full life support for about a day before passing away at age 30 early Sunday.
The Vancouver music community is reeling, and YSP!WSD!'s record label Paper Bag released this statement Sunday morning:
"It is with absolute sadness to report that our dear friend Devon Clifford passed away just hours ago in a Vancouver hospital surrounded by his family and friends. He will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him. I request that we respect the family's privacy during this incredibly difficult time."
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