Kyle Pavone, the lead singer of the metal band We Came As Romans, died from a drug overdose, a coroner has officially determined.
Pavone died on Aug. 25, according to TMZ. Three days later, the Oakland County Medical Examiner's Office in Michigan declared the death was the result of drug abuse. It is unclear if the death was accidental or intentional. A complete toxicology may take up to eight weeks to complete.
Pavone had been transported to a Michigan hospital on Aug. 19 and was officially pronounced dead six days later, according to TMZ. He was 28 years old at the time of his death.
The death had been originally reported by the band through official social media accounts.
"Kyle's tragic loss came too early in his life and those of his bandmates. All are devastated by his passing. We will miss his smiles, his sincerity, his concern for others, and his impressive musical talent," read a statement on Twitter from We Came As Romans.
Bandmate Joshua Moore mourned the loss on his personal social media account.
"The craziest, goofiest, most funny and lovable kid. I miss you so much," reads the capton of an Instagram picture of Pavone.
The group have since created a foundation in honor of their fallen friend. They hope to provide aid to artists suffering from addiction.
"The opposite of addiction is connection," reads the Facebook announcement of the formation of the new organization. "If you are feeling disconnected or lost, there is help. Please take action, whether that is talking with your families and friends, meeting with a counselor or joining a support group."
We Came As Romans was formed in 2005. The post-hardcore band's lyrics are known for their positive themes, often discussing the value of hope and brotherhood. Their album "Tracing Back Roots" reached no. 8 on the Billboard charts in 2013.
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