KORN drummer Ray Luzier (pictured) has posted a comment regarding the death of Shane Gibson, a former touring guitarist with the group who passed away from a blood clotting disorder on Tuesday (April 15) at the age of 35. Luzier wrote on his Instagram: "Death is so strange and the timing of it is never right. I'm still in disbelief that we lost Shane Gibson [three] days ago. You were way too young to leave this planet. You were one of the most talented, funniest and caring people I've ever known. I'm honored to have shared the stage and travel many places with you for so many years. My heart goes out to the family and friends that you've touched in your short life. You will truly be missed and never forgotten. RIP ENAHS."
The other members of KORN have issued separate comments regarding Gibson's passing. The band released a statement saying, "Our thoughts and prayers go out to Shane Gibson's friends, fans and family following the passing of our dear friend. Shane Gibson was KORN's touring guitarist from 2007 to 2010 and a member of (singer) Jonathan Davis' solo band, THE SFA'S. He will be greatly missed."
Gibson, who was most recently a member of a band called STORK, was one of several guitarists who toured with KORN during the eight-year absence of Brian "Head" Welch.
Welch, who rejoined the group last year, said online, "I've never had the pleasure of meeting Shane, but I'm honored he was able to fill my spot after I left KORN. He was an amazing guitarist. Hopefully we can jam together in the next life. RIP, brother."
KORN guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer added, "Shane Gibson, you were an amazing guitar player and an amazing person. Your kindness and talent will be missed. I'm very fortunate to have known you."
KORN and AVENGED SEVENFOLD will co-headline this year's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, which kicks off its annual run on Saturday, July 5 in Devore, California, wrapping up on August 10 in The Woodlands, Texas.