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Jack White/Ex-Mars Volta Keyboardist Ikey Owens Dies at 38


A heart attack is given as the cause of death.

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Jack White’s Third Man Records announced the passing of touring keyboardist Ikey Owens yesterday. According to Mexico’s Periodica Digital, the 38-year-old musician was found dead Tuesday morning in his Puebla, Mexico hotel room. Although details are still emerging, a representative reports that Owens died of a heart attack, which has now reportedly been confirmed by a coroner. Drugs and alcohol were initially reported to have been found in his room, but later reports say that only marijuana was discovered. No evidence has been reported to indicate that substances played a part in his death.

Ikey Owens had been touring with Jack White since 2012 and also appeared on both of his solo records. Among many other groups, Owens was also a long-time member of the Grammy award-winning rock group The Mars Volta, who were named the “Best Prog-Rock Band” by Rolling Stone in 2008. Other members of the Mars Volta have previously undergone successful and well-publicized recoveries from drug addiction.

Jack White’s website states that Owens “will be missed and loved forever by his family, friends, bandmates and fans,” and closes by saying, “You were and are an incredible artist.” The remaining shows on Jack White’s Mexican tour have been cancelled.

In this video, Ikey Owens and The Mars Volta perform Deloused in the Comatorium, a Rick Rubin-produced concept album based on the deliberate drug overdose of artist Julio Venegas: