April 18, 2010

R.I.P. Devon Clifford (1979-2010)

"It is with absolute sadness to report that our dear friend Devon Clifford passed away just hours ago in a Vancouver hospital surrounded by his family and friends. He will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him. I request that we respect the family’s privacy during this incredibly difficult time." — Paper Bag Records
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Drummer Devon Clifford of the Abbotsford band, You Say Party! We Say Die!, sadly past away early this morning after collapsing on stage during a performance on Friday night at the Rickshaw Theatre in the Downtown Eastside.

No official cause of death has been released but It is believed he suffered a sudden brain hemorrhage that caused his collapse. He was then rushed to hospital undergoing subsequent emergency neurosurgery at 3 o' clock early Sunday morning.

After being in intensive care on life support, the dance punk rockers announced via their Twitter feed that they were devastated at Clifford's grim prognosis and that he needed a miracle before announcing he succumbed to his injuries surrounded by friends and family.

"YSPWSD's Devon Clifford experienced a massive brain hemorrhage resulting from congenital defects while on stage in Vancouver on Friday night and fell into a coma. A surgery was performed but sadly doctors were unable to save his life. He was 30.

Devon Clifford was an extremely gifted drummer and determined character. He loved his family, loved his band, loved traveling, loved being on stage and loved meeting people around the world. He was smart, witty, passionate, and music meant everything to him. He was also incredibly generous with his love and respected everybody he came into contact with. This was underlined by his work with the under privileged at the Portland Hotel Society.

The Clifford family would like to take this opportunity to remind young people to have the courage to follow their dreams like Devon did.

The family would also like to take this opportunity to thank everybody around the world for their kind words and stories about how Devon impacted their lives."
On behalf of the family of Devon Clifford

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