Rap-rock act Kottonmouth Kings are in mourning as former masked member Patrick "Pakelika" Cochrun has passed away at the age of 34. Singer Brad "Daddy X" Xavier first posted the news on Facebook that his former hype man was admitted to the hospital due to "serious health issues," with the announcement of his passing coming an hour later.

The musician's manager, Doug Cosgro, stated, "There's no way he could have foreseen the severity of his last seizure. On the way to the hospital, EMTs and hospital staff tried to revive him and on the fifth time, he flatlined. He was on life support until Saturday afternoon (Aug. 12) at Providence St. Joseph Hospital in Burbank. He passed surrounded by friends and family." The official cause of death was listed as cardiac arrest during an asthma attack.

The band also issued a statement that reads as follows:

Kings and Kweens,

We are out on the Mile high tour preparing for the release of "Mile High" this Tuesday-At such a exciting time for the Group. We were blindsided, shocked and saddened by the terrible news about former member & friend, Pakelika's sudden death. Nothing prepares you for such news. It is another example of how precious life really is. It has been a couple years since Big Pak performed with the Kings, but his presence and impact will be felt and live forever. Patrick "Pakelika" Cochrun was a very unique and special person. He is a man that had convictions and honor. We had traveled the world together and played hundreds of shows together. The memories and experiences we had together will live forever in our hearts and souls. We want to thank the underground for the tremendous outpouring of grief and support.Take care of yourselves and spread love and positive vibrations..Rest in peace Big Pak you will be missed! - Kmk

Cochrun left the band in 2010 due to internal conflicts and to pursue and acting career.