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Black Tusk create memorial fund for Jonathan Athon

Monday, November 17, 2014 3:37 PM PT

A memorial fund has been established for Black Tusk bass player, Jonathan Athon, who died as a result of a motorcycle accident earlier this month. The remaining members of the band have issued the following statement:

"We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the overwhelming amount of support received in the past week. Many of you have been inquiring about Athon's medical bills and how you can help. As of now, they are covered. However, we would still like you to contribute if you can. Athon was a very giving person, and he thoroughly enjoyed helping others with his endless skill sets. Athon played a very large role in the renovation of fellow bassist and friend Jason Statts' home after he was paralyzed from a gunshot wound, and he regularly checked in on Jason to listen to music, grill out, or just provide company. Athon and his friend Keith Kozel worked together over the last decade every October to prepare the Jinx bar for their annual Halloween extravaganza. Keith was recently diagnosed with a degenerative kidney disease, and he is in dire need of a transplant. While Athon's medical expenses have been covered, his girlfriend Emily's have not. She has undergone surgery and faces a long road to recovery both physically and emotionally. So in the spirit of Jonathan Athon, we ask that you contribute to this fund that will split the proceeds among Emily, Keith, and Jason. Help Athon keep helping people. We have set up a PayPal at AthonFund@gmail.com if you care to donate."


11/17/2014 4:35:01 PM
worlds smallest violin is stoked

11/17/2014 5:56:05 PM
by default, it makes sense for a band to ask for help at a forum such as this. but the road ends with a specific band member - possibly extended to tour personnel - but no way should fans be asked to help a band member's girlfriend, grandparents, cousins, or next door neighbours.

Sorry for the loss of J Athon. Sorry for his gf's injuries, but how is her lack of comprehensive health coverage my problem?

11/17/2014 6:30:25 PM
Re:"but how is her lack of comprehensive health coverage my problem?"

so you're being forced to donate?

11/17/2014 7:28:50 PM

11/17/2014 9:04:08 PM
Grill out

11/17/2014 9:29:28 PM
I'm not the type to whine about disabling comments. People can say whatever they want but you, sir, are a fcking douchebag.

11/17/2014 9:29:59 PM
"worlds smallest violin is stoked"

11/17/2014 11:21:54 PM
Just remember if it were a band you didn't like, you would be annoyed with this

11/18/2014 12:29:57 AM
According to the story, people were asking to help, rather than the band requesting it, but I doubt that will get much notice.

11/18/2014 7:17:52 PM
what do i get if i donate?

11/19/2014 7:39:51 AM
but how is her lack of comprehensive health coverage my problem?

OK, so in the real world, outside of mom's basement, it's really common to have memorial funds instead of things like flowers when someone dies, the proceeds of which usually go to a cause the deceased believed in. No one's forcing you to sell your rare Heavy Chains demo to donate.

11/19/2014 10:31:14 AM
"No one's forcing you to sell your rare Heavy Chains demo to donate."

Best comment I've seen in awhile