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Grandaddy Bassist Kevin Garcia Dies After Suffering Stroke

MODESTO, CA (CelebrityAccess) — Kevin Garcia, the bass player and co-founder of the California-based indie rock group Grandaddy, died on May 2nd. He was 41.

The remaining members of the group confirmed Garcia's death via their social media, writing that the cause was “the effects of a massive stroke.”

According to the members of the band, Garcia suffered the stroke on May 1st and had been receiving the attentions of the critical care unit at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto when he passed.

Garcia, along with guitarist Jason Lytle and drummer Aaron Burtch founded the group in 1992 when Garcia was just 15 years old. They expanded their configuration several years later with the addition of guitarist Jim Fairchild and keyboardist Tim Dryden and scored a hit with their first full-length album, “Under the Western Freeway,” in 1997.

Subsequent follow-ups such as 2000’s “The Sophtware Slump” and 2003’s “Sumday” were acclaimed by the critical press, but only achieved moderate success on the charts and in 2006, the group went on hiatus.

In 2012, the group reunited for a series of live shows and in 2014 returned to the studio to start working on what would become their fifth studio album "Last Place" which was released via 30th Century Record in March.

Following Kevin's death, the remaining members of Grandaddy launched a GoFundMe page to help defray family expenses such as funeral and hospital bills. – Staff Writers