The metal world was stunned as news broke this morning that All That Remains guitarist Oli Herbert had passed away. He was only 44 years old.
Oli's personal publicist reached out to media with a statement that revealed that Oli died at home due to an accident. Update: A TMZ report below further elaborated on the cause of death. Here is the full statement:
On behalf of Oli’s wife and family I can confirm that Oli Herbert passed away yesterday unexpectedly as a result of an accident which occurred on the property of his home. He was 44 years old. No further details are being released at this time. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced once that information is available. The family requests for privacy during this time but does wish to express their appreciation to fans worldwide for the outpouring of condolences.
Various members of the metal community have chimed in with tributes.
Update: TMZ reports that local authorities have stated Oli was found dead in a pond near by Connecticut home. No foul play is expected.
We're told police were dispatched to Oli's Stafford Springs home Tuesday afternoon after someone reported him missing. Cops searched the area and found Oli in a nearby pond.
Police sources say the death does not appear to be suspicious, but an autopsy needs to be performed to confirm the cause and manner of death. The Connecticut medical examiner is investigating.
Oli's widow, Beth, posted a message on Oli's Facebook asking for privacy while relatives are reached and that more questions will be answered in due time.