Katastro’s members announced via social media on Friday, May 13, that their bandmate, Andy J Chaves, had passed away. He was just 32 at the time of his death.
While Andy’s family is yet to provide more details on his passing, The Pier reports that he was involved in a car accident, and has relayed a statement issued by the Newport Beach Police.
Andy’s tragic death comes as a shock to his fans, who have taken to social media to pay him a heartfelt tribute.
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Andy J Chaves founded Katastro
Andy was the lead vocalist for Katastro, the band he formed in 2007 in Tempe, Arizona. The band includes drummers Andrew Stravers, guitarist Tanner Riccio, and bassist Ryan Weddle.
As for his personal life, Andy kept it away from the public eye.
Katastro has created six full-length albums and two acoustic records since its formation.
Andy’s Instagram mostly features images and videos from his performances on stage. He has over 14,000 followers on the platform.
The musician also had his own merch collection. Two of his T-shirts are available for sale on Just Merch for $24.99 each.
HITC offers its condolences to the family and friends of Andy J Chaves at this difficult time.
Katastro memebers share the tragic news
Kastastro band members confirmed Andy’s death via a post on Instagram.
Ryan, Tanner and Andrew Stravers wrote: “We are completely devastated to have to announce the loss of our brother and singer Andy Chaves. Please respect the privacy of Andy’s family and the members of the band as we all begin to process this. Thank you for the love and support.”
Several notable artists have shared their condolences under the post. Justin Bushnell commented: “Love you guys. If you need anything at all I’m here for you.”
Futuristic added to the above comment: “Grateful I got to become friends with him even if only for a short time.”
Fans heartbroken on learning about singer’s death
Meanwhile, Andy’s fans aren’t able to come to terms with his death. A significant number of them have noted that the singer’s loss leaves a void in the music industry.
“I first heard your music two weeks ago at red rocks and even got a drum stick from the drummer. I came home hyped and ready to see you guys in OC with the fam. Beyond sad. Now I’m a forever fan of you guys. Rest in peace,” tweeted one.
Another added: “Absolutely devastating news…so sad to have learned of Andy’s passing. Thank you for the music and the great memories…R.I.P. Andy Chaves.”
“Rest in peace Andy Chaves @Katastro, you’ll be missed and your music will live on forever”, another wrote.