Teenage Bottlerocket's Brandon Carlisle passes away

8 November 2015 | 12:07 am | Alex Sievers
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In some very sad news today, Teenage Bottlerocket drummer Brandon Carlisle has passed away in hospital.

In some very sad news today, Teenage Bottlerocket drummer Brandon Carlisle has passed away in hospital.

The band announced the tragic news of their longtime drummer's passing earlier today, with much support pouring in from both the fans and the punk community alike. Read a statement from the punk rock group below.

"It is with the heaviest hearts that we have to report our beloved drummer Brandon didn't make it. The doctors did everything they could to save him, but the MRI showed he is no longer with us. His family and loved ones are with him as they prepare to take him off life support and let him gently move on.

Seeing so many people from all over the world come together in support has been amazing and we know Brandon could feel how much he was really loved. Brandon lived his life with his whole heart. He loved music, and he loved people. He always made it a point to let everyone know how much they meant to him, and to take time to make new friends. Anyone who was lucky enough to spend even a minute with the guy knows what a blessing he was to this earth. So with that love in our hearts, we carry him with us as we say goodbye. To the best drummer, the kindest soul and our brother and best friend, you will be in our hearts always.

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Rest in Peace Brandon, we all love you so much."

The original and terrible announcement of Carlisle being admitted to hospital in a coma after being found unconscious in his apartment three days ago can be found below:

"Please keep Brandon in your thoughts and prayers as he fights for his life. Here's the statement from Ray: Hi friends and family. This is a tough one. Here goes. My brother Brandon Carlisle is in a coma. His roommate found him yesterday around 11 am and he was unresponsive. The paramedics showed up at his house shortly after and his heart wasn't beating. They got it going and it gave out again in the ambulance. They got his heart started again and it stopped beating in the icu unit where the doctors were able to get his heart going again a third time. The scary part is the swelling to Brandon's brain due to lack of oxygen and blood flow. His body temperature was 88 degrees when he arrived at the icu. I'm pretty sure that means my brother was without oxygen for quite a long time. He is currently in a coma and the doctors are keeping him at about 93 degrees. They will start to bring him back up to a normal temperature for the next 12-16 hours. Then they will ween him off of his sedatives and the neurologists will be able to determine whether or not Brandon is still with us. All prayers and thoughts for my brother are greatly appreciated. I know Brandon didn't want this to happen. He's tough as nails and we are hoping for the best. Looks like we need a miracle. Love to all."

Carlisle was Teenage Bottlerocket's one and only drummer since their inception in 2001, and has played on all of their albums, as his brother Ray, who is also the band's lead vocalist and guitarist.

In a very strong testament to the support of their fans, friends and peers, a GoFundMe page that as setup for to help cover the drummer's hospital bills, has already raised well over $30,000.

The punk rockers released their latest record, 'Tales From Wyoming' in March this year through Rise Records/Fat Wreck Chords, which now marks the drummer's last ever release with the band. Here's an old Teenage Bottlerocket song, 'Skate Or Die', that Carlisle drummed on, as well as the last music video to featured the deceased.

Rest in peace Brandon.

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