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Singer Frank Ocean’s younger brother was one of two young men who died over the weekend after getting into a car accident.
Ryan Breaux, 18, and Ezekial “Zeek” Bishop, 20, perished early Sunday after a single-vehicle crash in California, the Thousand Oaks Acorn reports. The Thousand Oaks Police Department and the Ventura County Fire Department were called to the Thousand Oaks area at around 1:33 a.m., at which point they found a car engulfed in flames, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said in a release that does not list the victims by name. Two victims who were in the car were pronounced dead at the scene.
The car the two young men were riding in was split in half upon impact, CBS Los Angeles reports.
While the crash is still under investigation, authorities believe that the driver was heading south on Westlake Boulevard toward Skelton Canyon Circle when he veered off of the road and collided with a tree in the center median, according to the release. Speed could have played a role in the deadly crash, Ventura County sheriff’s deputy Wendell Campbell told KTLA.
“The speed limit is north of 45 mph,” he said. “It’s a nice big stretch of road, so sometimes people do pick up speed.”
Breaux is the younger brother of singer Frank Ocean, whose real name is Christopher Breaux. The two were pictured together wearing matching outfits in a photo Breaux shared via Twitter in 2015. Ocean has not confirmed the news or spoken publicly regarding reports of his brother's death.
Mourners gathered at the crash site on Sunday to pay their respects, and tributes have also appeared on social media.
Paris Brosnan, the son of actor Pierce Brosnan, took to Instagram on Sunday to share photos of himself and Ryan Breaux, whom he described as his brother.
“Thank you for being there for me when I needed you most, thank you for all the wild nights, thank you for your music and all the late night studio sessions with Fray, thank you for blessing us ALL with your presence on this earth,” his post reads, in part. “I will carry you in my heart always. Until I see you again brother. Ryan Breaux forever & Zeek Bishop forever.”
Both Breaux and Bishop graduated from Oaks Christian High School in 2019, according to the Acorn.
Bishop was a track and field athlete at California State University, Northridge, Fox 11 Los Angeles reports. CSUN track and field coach Justin Johnson described Bishop as a leader and a friend to those who knew him.
“I am still shocked and broken-hearted for his family, our team, and his friends and want them all to know that Zeek was a great athlete, but importantly a great young man, and he will always be a Matador,” he said.
The university has made counselors available for students, faculty, and staff, according to Fox 11.
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