The metal world was stunned when late Friday night word got out that founding Eyehategod drummer Joey LaCaze had died, with not much information available at the time. The band stayed quiet up until a few moments ago, when we got an official statement via their publicist, offering the official cause of death:
Joseph M. LaCaze, New Orleans native and drummer for EyeHateGod, Mystick Krewe of Clearlight and Outlaw Order, passed away on August 23rd in New Orleans after a very successful five-week UK and European tour with EyeHateGod. He also performed ceremonial voodoo drumming in numerous solo experimental electronics projects. Doctors confirmed to family members that the cause of death was respiratory failure. He also suffered from long term asthma. An account is set up for the benefit of his daughter Lilith LaCaze. Checks can be made payable to the Lilith LaCaze or Joseph LaCaze donation fund at any Capital One Bank in any city.
Joey is survived by his wife and young daughter, as mentioned in the statement above. I truly feel for his family, and his young daughter who now has to live a life without her father. You could tell LaCaze was crazy about his daughter from the amount of photos on his personal Instagram page. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
Rest in power, Joey LaCaze.