Shields guitarist George Christie has passed away.
In a statement posted on Facebook, the vocalist Sam Kubrick said the following.
"There is no easy way to say this.
"Last night, George Christie took his own life. He was the most empathetic, kind and generous person I’ve ever met in my life and I was lucky to call him one of my best friends, fellow band member and room mate.
"I’ve tried to contact as many of you personally as possible that I felt needed a phone call rather then learning about this tragedy via a facebook post, but everyone needs to find out eventually."
"I don’t want to disclose any more information about his passing out of respect for his family, please don’t ask. Those who need to know, know."
The band formed back in 2012, and toured the UK alongside the likes of Born Of Osiris and Chelsea Grin.
They recently released a new single, 'It's Killing Me', and were touring alongside Escape The Fate.
Samaritans can be contacted free on 116 123 (in the UK) or by email on [email protected] If you are in the US, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255.