You Say Party! We Say Die! drummer Devon Clifford passes away

Devon Clifford, the drummer for Abbottsford-based dance-punk group You Say Party! We Say Die!, passed away early Sunday morning after collapsing during a gig at Vancouver’s Rickshaw Theatre 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 said in a press release. “He will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him. I request that we respect the family’s privacy during this incredibly difficult time.”

The cause of death remains unconfirmed, although a source close to the band says he was rushed to hospital after lead singer Becky Ninkovic asked audience members at the Downtown Eastside venue to call 911 shortly after midnight. The source said Clifford was resuscitated on the way to the hospital, where doctors discovered he had bleeding of the brain. He was then put into a coma and put on life support.

It was reported that Clifford, 30, underwent surgery early Saturday morning. He was taken off life support early Sunday morning.

“DEVON CLIFFORD 1979 – 2010 R.I.P” read the message the band sent out via Twitter early Sunday morning. Previous tweets included “We are devastated and trying to keep hope. He needs at miracle. Thank you” and “there aren’t alot of words right now. let the doctors do their job.”

According to the Globe and Mail, Clifford worked for the Portland Hotel Society, a housing organization that helps the impoverished residents of the Vancouver Downtown Eastside.

The band had just returned from a North American tour in support of their latest release, XXXX, and were set to embark on an extensive European tour beginning April 26. It is unknown whether the band will complete the tour upcoming dates.

Story originally posted on CBCRadio3.com on April 18.

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