While many have commented on the death of After the Burial guitarist Justin Lowe, aside from a brief comment from drummer Dan Carle, the group has remained relatively mum on Lowe's death. But the band has now released an official statement and also revealed that they've decided to drop off the Summer Slaughter tour in order to deal with the tremendous loss.

As a recap, Lowe announced his exit from the band in a bizarre conspiracy-filled statement. The guitarist went missing for a brief period, but after he was found the group revealed that Lowe was in a "broken state of mind." Earlier this month, Lowe went missing again and his family members filed a missing persons report. A search discovered his vehicle abandoned and not long after a hiker spotted his body under a bridge in Wisconsin. Police believed the cause of death to be consistent with a fall.

After the Burial's statement on the death and their decision to exit their tour reads as follows:

In the wake of our loss, it comes with heavy hearts to inform everyone that we have decided not to perform on this years Summer Slaughter tour. The recent events have been unimaginably heartbreaking, and Justin's passing is something that each of us needs time with our families and friends to recover from.

Justin Lowe’s story may have a sad ending, but the legacy he leaves us is one that should do nothing but inspire.

From the bottom of our hearts, we'd like to thank everyone who has reached out in support and with kind words for him, his family, and us. It has been truly amazing to see all the people whose lives he impacted in a positive way.

Loudwire sends our condolences to Lowe's family and the band. Read more of the outpouring of comments on the guitarist's passing here.

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