Ex-MORBID ANGEL Frontman: JARED ANDERSON Was 'One Of Most Likeable People On This Planet'

Former MORBID ANGEL bassist/vocalist Steve Tucker has sent the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET regarding the passing of Jared Anderson (ex-HATE ETERNAL, MORBID ANGEL):

"I would like to say to anyone reading this that at this time my heart is broken. My very dear friend Jared Anderson passed away and I feel as though I can't quite come to grips with the reality of it. It has affected me in ways that I cannot explain. All that I can truly say is good friends are hard to come by, and when you have one it is something very special — every bit as special as falling in love. It is something that is more than great; it is brilliant to have a friend that makes you laugh and you enjoy the company of just being around them.

"There are lots of differant kinds of so-called soulmates in the world, and I have always believed that good friends are soulmates. It is deeper than just companionship, or mutual interest. There are some people that you just feel you have known for eternity, and these to me are soulmates. I just lost one, and it feels devastating! Not that I want anyone to feel pity for me at all — I am just putting it in writing, hoping it will help me in some way and possibly let the world or anyone that reads this know that the world has just lost someone very special.

"To know Jared was brilliant! He had to be one of the funniest, most likeable people on this planet. If you knew him, then you know as well; if you didn't, then it is a shame you never had a laugh with him.

"30 years old and gone! I can't comprehend it, can't accept it, but I have to.

"I am sorry for the world to have this loss!! If only I could talk to him one more time, what would I say? Would I say that it was great to know him, and a shame for him to go? Or would I just have a laugh with him and leave it at that? I really can't say, and I can't have that talk!!

"Jared, you were my brother and I loved you like you can only love a great friend. I will miss you for as long as I'm on this planet. I'm sorry you had to go, but I hope you're better, my friend!"

As previously reported, Anderson died in his sleep on Saturday, October 14. The cause of his death has not yet been released.

Funeral services for Anderson were held on Thursday (October 19) in Ohio.

Jared was most recently working on a project which was known by its alias AS ONE...

Back in February 2006, Tucker confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET that he and Anderson were collaborating on new material in the "death metal" vein.

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