Just as they release their debut album Wild Peace this week, Echo Lake must also say goodbye to one of their founding members. The band announced that their drummer, Pete Hayes, passed away on Thursday morning. He was 25.
Echo Lake's guitarist Thom Hill posted the following message on the band's Facebook page:
We are so sad to say that our close friend and brilliant drummer Peter Hayes passed away on Thursday morning at the age of 25.
I can't believe I'm actually typing these words, we're all completely devastated and shocked.
If you knew Pete, then you'll know what an amazing person he was.
If you didn't know Pete then all I can say is that he was a total one off.
Always caring, always giving, always straight up and always with such a positive outlook on life. That was the thing with Pete, he just got on with it. Even in his last few weeks he would be sitting up in his hospital bed smiling and having a laugh with me.
It was this outlook on life that made me perhaps take advantage of our time spent together. This situation never seemed possible because he never ever stopped being positive and joyful. He never moaned, or acted ill and was an incredibly hard worker. It's a really rare thing to find all of these qualities in someone and he deserved more time to live his life to the full, which he always did.
U.K. blog The Line of Best Fit has set up a memorial fund for anyone wishing to give in Hayes's memory. All contributions will benefit the British Heart Foundation.