It's been nearly a week since the rock world lost drummer Mark 'Bam Bam' McConnell. Having served as Sebastian Bach's touring drummer from 1997-2005 and spending 1996-1997 with southern rock band Blackfoot, McConnell was well-known for his skills behind the kit.

Sebastian Bach himself suddenly broke the news on May 23 that his former drummer was "fighting for his life," reaching out to his fans to say a prayer for McConnell as the drummer's liver and kidneys had shut down, along with McConnell suffering from partial brain damage.

Sadly, McConnell passed away from his ailments. After mourning the drummer's death for nearly a week, a heartfelt statement has been released by the family of Mark McConnell:

On May 24, we all lost an amazing, incredibly talented and dedicated musician, Mark 'Bam Bam' McConnell.

Mark's passing came as a complete shock to us all.

The past few days have been intensely overwhelming in every respect. As his family, our focus has been directed at making sure we keep Mark's best interests in mind and to follow his wishes.

We would like to thank everyone for respecting our privacy and giving us the time we need.

Mark was taken from us too soon, but he lived life to the fullest and on his own terms.

To all of us, Mark leaves behind his love and kindness, along with the humor and passion for music that he shared with everyone — family, friends and fans alike. He will never be forgotten.

For the music industry, Mark leaves behind a legacy. He was and will always be one of the most gifted drummers in the world. His passion and madness behind the drum kit were unmatched. He played with some of the biggest names in the music industry, and everyone who had the opportunity to make music with him will tell you what an honor it was. Mark's spirit will live on forever in the hearts of many and through his music.

We would like to send out our deepest appreciation to everyone for all the support, prayers and shared memories of Mark. This has helped us through our darkest time and even made us smile, along with filling our hearts with so much warmth. The response has been overwhelming, and if Mark could see the outpour of love on his behalf, he, too, would be in awe. We know that all of Mark's friends and fans are grieving and heartbroken by this loss. Know that Mark loved all of you, and you are all in our hearts and prayers.

Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Mark 'Bam Bam' McConnell.