Tiger Merritt of long-running psych band Morning Teleportation has died. Details have not been revealed but the rest of the band shared the sad news on Facebook this morning:

It is with very heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Tiger Merritt. All who knew him understood that he was an anomaly; we’ve never met someone like him in our lifetime. His musicianship inspired us. His smile was contagious. He was one of the kindest souls that we’ve ever come across, and it hurts to think about how he won’t be a hard-to-reach phone call away. We want to thank everyone who has supported Tiger and our project, every fan and every friend. We’ve always been more than a band; we’ve been a family. Tiger and Travis have been best friends since childhood. Tiger was always someone capable of such beauty in his music, and we wish he could have continued to share that with you. Stay close to your loved ones while they’re here. Let them know what they mean to you. You all have meant the world to him, and you mean the world to us.

Rest in peace, Tiger. Our thoughts go out to Morning Teleportation, and Tiger's family and friends.

Listen to Morning Teleportation's 2017 album, Salivating for Symbiosis, below.