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Randy Miller, Myriad Drummer, Dies At 39

LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Randy Miller, drummer The Myriad, died on November 5. Father and husband, Miller had been battling chondrosarcoma, a form of bone cancer since 2008.  Randy was 39 years old.

Randall J. Miller was born February 9, 1971 in Long Beach, CA, and moved to Redding, CA in 1985. In 1997, he married Kristyn Davis and they have two children, Conner, age 11, and Gillian age 9.

Randy founded and ran Metolius Construction with his business partner and friend Tommy Carlson, but in 2006, he gave into his musical passions and talents, and began playing drums for the band The Myriad.

"Randy breathed life into everyone around him all the way until the very end. People would come to the hospital to visit Randy and encourage him but quickly found out the visit would be quite the opposite. He began to pour out words of encouragement and tell people to do everything that's in their heart.  He saw things in people that no one else recognized and his words of life ignited fires that could not be put out. He has changed my life and most of the people I know.  Randy was a great man." — Jeremy Edwardson, vocalist from The Myriad.

"Randy never had anything handed to him. He faced challenges throughout his life that would make most buckle. I am honored to have seen how a Godly man lives; with strength, kindness, compassion, and heart.  Selfishly I will miss him always; this world will be emptier without him. But I believe with everything in me that heaven will be richer with my friend there." –Steven Tracy, guitarist from The Myriad.

Two weeks ago, band members, past and present, as well as friends gathered to say goodbye to Randy.  During the afternoon, Randy said something that seemed to sum up his life:

“I've been thinking about my life lately and how I’ve never really been a wealthy man, especially after the past 2 years of medical bills.  We're renting our house and we don't have much.  But you know, somehow I just feel so rich.  I have an amazing family, and the best job ever.  I just feel so rich. Somewhere that's gotta mean something.  Somewhere we all have a cosmic currency.”

Friends are accepting donations be made to cover medical and funeral expenses at The Stirring.   Like many musicians, the Millers did not have health or life insurance.

— Crystal Lynn Huntoon