Fans are in mourning after learning of the passing of 45-year-old Jeff Austin, a beloved American bluegrass musician. Austin is best-known as the co-founder of the Yonder Mountain String Band, which originated in the late 1990s in Colorado.
“It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of a beloved family member, mandolinist, singer, songwriter and founder of The Jeff Austin Band, and Yonder Mountain String Band, Jeff Austin,” a statement said on his Facebook page. “Austin passed away June 24, 2019 in Seattle, Washington...He was a dear friend whose music touched the lives of so many, and will be sorely missed.”
An official cause of death was not immediately released. It is known that prior to his death, Austin had to cancel a series of tour dates over a “medical emergency,” reported Page Six. Details regarding his health issues were not provided.
Tributes for the late musician flooded in after the sad news broke to the public. Read a few of the heartwarming posts below:
Austin leaves behind his wife, Devlyn, and their three children: 12-year-old Lily Rose, 5-year-old Penelope, and 2-year-old Jude Patrick. Please keep his family in your prayers as they cope with this difficult loss.
This story is developing and will be updated if more information is released. In other recent news, the lead singer of a Grammy-nominated music group sadly passed away following complications with Parkinson’s Disease.