David Ellenburg, the guitarist for Greensboro, N.C.-based band Dogbane, has died of complications due to a stroke. He was just 47, having celebrated his birthday earlier this month.

Dogbane's 'Residual Alcatraz' is considered an underground cult classic, available via Heaven & Hell Records. You can learn more about the band, if you've not been previously exposed to it, by going here.

According to Decibel, Ellenburg died Monday, July 30. His passing was peaceful and he was surrounded by his friends and family, which is obviously one of the most comfortable ways to pass from this life to the next. He leaves behind a wife and children, as well.

The band does plan to continue on despite Ellenburg's passing, a move which the remaining members feel will honor his memory, as it's what he would have wanted.

Below is the band's statement on Ellenburg's passing.

It is with deep regret and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Dogbane guitarist David Ellenburg. David peacefully passed away, surrounded by family and close friends, on Monday July 30th, due to complications of a severe stroke he had suffered the previous week. Dave was a great many things to a lot of people, a husband, a father, and a creative force behind Dogbane. Most importantly, he was our friend. Never the less, Dogbane will eventually continue to forge ahead in his honor, as we feel this is what he would have wanted. We ask everyone to please respect the privacy of his family and the band, as we try to cope during this very difficult time.

Loudwire extends our condolences to David Ellenburg's family and to Dogbane.

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