Awaken I Am guitarist Connor Verner-Oakley has passed away.
In a statement posted on Facebook, the band said the following:
"Our heart is broken, we have lost our beautiful brother Connor in a tragic accident."
"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."
"As broken as we feel, to not continue is not an option. Music was Connor’s dream, we shared that dream with him and we hope to make him proud by keeping that dream alive. Dissolution was the last track we had the privilege of recording with Connor, he was so proud of it."
"We love you brother, we will never stop missing you."
Since forming in 2011 the band have released two albums and toured the world, sharing stages with the likes of Parkway Drive, The Devil Wears Prada and In Hearts Wake.
They recently released a new single, 'Dissolution'.
Our thoughts are with the band, Connor's family and his friends.