News•June 26, 2018 1:42 PM ET•14,135 views
ex-Vital Remains vocalist dies
Jake Raymond, one-time vocalist of Rhode Island death metal band Vital Remains, passed away earlier this month in Massachusetts. A statement attributed to guitarist Tony Lazaro reads as follows:
"I found out late yesterday some very sad news that a old friend and Vital Remains singer passed away. His name was Jake Raymond, and he was a good friend! Some of you might remember Jake was VR's vocalist back in 2001 before we recorded Dechristianize album. He really love the band and always held us in high regard. Even though i hadn't spoken or seen Jake in a few years i always hope things were going good for him. I remember the last time i saw him he came out to one of our local shows in Providence and we had fun catching up and talking about the good old days! We laughed alot that night and i remember he started helping me sell merch and asked if i needed any help? You were always trying to help bro and i wish i could have helped you bro. Thank you for that and everything else you did for me!! I will always remember the good times we had brother! This is really so sad. I'm sick of losing so many friends this year. This makes three Vital Remains singers that passed in the last year. Three brothers i will not forget! Thank you Jake for your friendship and all your help when i needed it! Thank you for all your work with the band!! I wish i could have been there for you more brother,but we kind of took different paths. I hope you are at peace now. Rest easy brother and until we meet again. My Deepest condolences to his family and friends. RIP Jake"Raymond, age 40, reportedly leaves behind three children. In somewhat of a macabre coincidence, Raymond is the third ex-Vital Remains vocalist to die within the last year. Chris Ross was killed by his brother in law in July 2017, while Scott Willey passed away last fall.