The following is a statement from SEVENDUST guitar player John Connolly regarding the passing of DROWNING POOL frontman Dave Williams. The friendship between SEVENDUST and DROWNING POOL goes back over three years when the bands toured together. John Connolly was the closest in the band to Dave.

"This might be one of the hardest things I've ever had to do so please bear with me. As close as my wife Lori and I were to Dave, it felt like we were the last two to find out. I just hadn't been checking my voicemails yesterday, but when I did I could tell by the sound in Mike's (Luce) voice it was bad. I don't really know much about what happened exactly, but I do know that the guy it happened to was one of the sweetest people I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. I'm not sure if there has ever been a person who was loved by so many people. Heart is not even a good enough word to describe Dave. To say he will be missed is a tremendous understatement because he was like the brother I never had. All Dave really wanted to do in this life was to be in a platinum-selling band and tour the world, but not because he wanted to be the rock star. He got to hang out with the people he considered his heroes and in turn became one of the best frontmen I've ever seen. Please say a prayer for his family and Mike, CJ and Stevie and anyone else who knew him like I did. Our hearts go out to all of you on the Ozzfest as well. Even though Dave would want the show to go on I'm sure for alot of you it's probably the last thing you want to do. Somewhere out there Dave is probably having a shot with Lynn [Strait] and he's doing his best Sebastian Bach imitation and you know what... Lynn's got a smile on his face."


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