Rest in peace, Kyle Pavone (1990-2018).
We are all aware that we as humans have an expiration date. It just so happens that some have a sooner end date than expected. When you listen to a specific artist or band for a long period of time, you develop a connection and emotional feeling with them. And when those musicians die, so does a part of us.
We have lost so many lately. Jimmy Sullivan (The Rev), Mitch Lucker, Chris Cornell, Chester Bennington, and XXXTentacion, to name a few. Adding to the long list of names, Kyle Pavone of We Came As Romans passed away at the age of 28 on August 25, 2018. The cause of death is not yet known, but a toxicology report is underway.
When I heard of this death, I was saddened. I remember going to my first Warped Tour, and somebody told me to check out We Came As Romans. One listen to "Hope" and I was sold. I have been listening to them ever since, and I will continue listening and supporting the band. It's the least I can do after all Pavone has done for me.
The premature deaths have caused an uproar in the music community, but we must try to let these tragedies bring us together. It's not easy letting go of those who help us stand up, but sometimes we must walk tall through the grief. Nobody is walking taller than those like Chester Bennington's wife and sister since starting an organization, 320 Changes Direction, to help those battling suicide. Keep your heads up and look out for one another.
"Thank you, thank you for that you gave me a second chance. This is not the end, but where it all began. Thank you, thank you for that you let me live again. This is not the end, this is where it all began." - "Thank You," Deuce.