Guitarist Matthew LaPorte (JON OLIVA'S PAIN, CIRCLE II CIRCLE) will be laid to rest this Saturday, April 30 at the Moss Feaster Funeral home in Largo, Florida.Anyone wishing to send flowers should send them directly to the funeral home in care of Matthew LaPorte so that floral companies locally will be able to inform the service personal upon delivery. Commented the surviving members of JON OLIVA'S PAIN: "It's been a very rough week for all of us, and we thank you from the bottom of hearts for your support of [Matt], JON OLIVA'S PAIN and, of course, his family and friends. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday to celebrate his life together." For more information, go to this location. Matthew LaPorte passed away in his home shortly after 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20. No information regarding his cause of death is currently available. He was 40 years old. The surviving members of JON OLIVA'S PAIN previously stated about LaPorte, "Matt was a brilliant guitar player on all levels. He understood that instrument better than almost anyone. His knowledge of music in general was just amazing. His contributions to JON OLIVA'S PAIN and every band he ever played with was also without measure. He was truly a one-guitar army when he needed to be and his solo performances on all the JON OLIVA'S PAIN CDs will forever send chills down our spines. A near-20-year history and friendship with one of the true greats has now ended and we are deeply saddened."
"Matt was a gentle soul, and would avoid conflict at all costs. He got along with everyone and greeted all with a smile on his face. There was a shyness and almost embarrassment felt by him from the adoration of his fans around the world...and he had many. He was humbled by the love and respect music fans gave to him, but in a quiet way, that made him work just a little bit harder. His had a hilarious, twisted and often sarcastic sense of humor that was unique to him. A very funny man, indeed."