Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandra + More Pay Tribute to Late Guitar Tech Chris Holley
Black Veil Brides singer Andy Biersack wrote of Holley's passing, “Chris passed in his sleep last night after arriving in Los Angeles, that is the only information we currently have and we request that everyone respects his family and friends by awaiting anything further from the official coroner's report. We lost a musician, a friend and a true brother. I love you so much Chris. Team tall guys forever.” You can read his full statement in the Instagram post above. After that post, many members of the bands Holley worked with paid tribute to the guitar tech, according to Alternative Press.
Biersack added, “There's is no way I could convey the sadness that it brings to share with you all the passing of our friend and brother…the beautiful and kind Chris Holley. Chris has worked for us as a guitar tech for only a short time but has quickly become one of my best friends in the world. As one of the most sincere and passionate human beings I have ever met it is not hard to understand why he has touched the hearts and minds of so many…”
Asking Alexandria guitarist Ben Bruce also commented on Holley’s death, “No one will ever truly understand what family really means until they are in that moment where you need someone more than you need oxygen. Chris has been my life line, my best friend, my family since the day I met him. He held me up when I was down. He kept me grounded when I was flying too high. My love for Chris can never be put into words. Thank you Chris for just being you. I love you.”
Frontman Chris Motionless of Motionless in White wrote, “Chris Holley, it was nothing but a pleasure to know you, be on the road with you for over a year, and share the many ridiculous conversations we've had about life, music, relationships, and our mutual love for Strike Anywhere. I will be jamming Exit English all night for you. RIP, my friend. You will be greatly missed.”
Black Veil Brides bassist Ashley Purdy also honored Holley, saying, "My guitar tech, friend, party partner and BVB family member passed away this morning in his sleep. Pretty shocking after all of the touring madness around the globe we just endured. This ones for you. Love you brother, RIP Chris Holley -'Wild Boys Be Wild!'
Meanwhile BVB guitarist Jake Pitts added, "I am at a complete loss of words. Life is so strange. Yesterday we were together, today he's gone forever. However you will not be forgotten Chris. I am so sorry to family and friends of Chris Holley who were even closer to him than I. He was a great guy, a great friend, a very talented musician and he is the reason my guitars were always on point, in tune, set up and played great for all the shows we play. Thank you for everything my friend, you will be missed greatly. Rest In Peace: Chris Holley."
Holley’s family has set up a GoFundMe page in the hopes of raising enough money to transport Holley’s body from Los Angeles to his hometown of Pensacola, Florida. His family wrote of the significance that would have had to Holley, “In some of his last conversations with his mother, and close friends. He stressed how badly he wanted to come home. There was unfortunately no life insurance policy taken out on him, because no one ever expected such an event to take place. We're putting this together to make his last wishes come true and to bring him home to his family... Where he belongs.” Head here to donate to help Holley’s family get Chris back to Florida.
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