jonathan_athonSavannah Georgia’s own Black Tusk have announced the sad passing of their band-mate and bass player Jonathan Athon, after a motorcycle accident involving an SUV left him in a critical condition as of Friday night.


Athon was driving his motorcycle with his girlfriend Emily Boutwell as a passenger when they collided with the SUV, driven by an 85 year old man. Boutwell survived the crash without suffering any major injuries but the 32 year old bassist was left critical, with doctors having to put him into a medically induced coma in an attempt to monitor the severity of his injuries.


Sadly the decision was made earlier today to remove Athon from life support, after doctors said that he had suffered irreparable brain damage. His band-mates in Black Tusk released the following statement via their official Facebook page:


“It is with deep regret and saddened hearts that we must tell you that Athon passed away this morning from injuries sustained from his motorcycle accident. Doctors told us that he suffered irreparable brain damage shortly after the accident. He has been in a coma and sustained by life support until now. As per his wishes, we removed Athon from his life support systems and his organs will be donated. His body will be cremated and a memorial is being planned for family and friends in Savannah. He was 32 years old and will be forever missed. Thank you all for your support during this devastating time for us, it would have made him proud.”


ZT would like to extend their deepest condolences to Jonathan’s friends and family at this difficult time.

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