Elijah Nelson, bassist of Seattle death n' rollers Black Breath, has reportedly passed away at age 40. No cause of death has been revealed at this time.
Ringworm, who have toured with Black Breath, wrote, "See you on the other side Elijah Nelson. Sad news. Ringworm sends nothing but light and love to you and yours brother. Enlightened travels in the beyond, young wizard."
The now-defunct Nasum, who were joined by Black Breath for their final tour, wrote, "We are obviously saddened by the news of Elijah Nelson’s passing. BLACK BREATH were very important to Nasum during the final leg of the farewell tour. Elijah was the Cliff Burton of death metal and he will be missed."
Black Breath's most recent album is 2015's Slaves Beyond Death, and they last performed on December 31, 2016 in Vancouver.
UPDATE: Black Breath posted a statement, which mentions: "Black Breath have no plans for live actions or recordings but if that changes, you’ll hear about it here." Heree's the full statement:
As some of you may already know, our brother and bassist Elijah Skye Nelson passed away on Saturday. The remaining members of Black Breath would like to offer our deepest condolences to Elijah’s family and to say thank you for raising the sweetest and most original person any of us have had the pleasure of knowing. His kindness, generosity, and beauty cannot be overstated. Elijah treated all humans from every walk of life with sincerity and generosity; lacking any prejudice or judgement. I think that’s something we can all take away from his legacy: be kind to each other.
We would also to take this time to thank everyone of you for the love and support over the years and the blood, sweat and tears at the gigs. Y’all are the reason we do this and without each other we are nothing.
Black Breath have no plans for live actions or recordings but if that changes, you’ll hear about it here.
Rest in peace, Elijah. We miss you already.