Sib Hashian, the former drummer for the classic arena rock band Boston, died while performing on the Legends of Rock Cruise. The rock star was 67-years-old. Hashian’s son, Adam Hashian, said a cause of death had not yet been determined, according to Billboard.
In a statement to People magazine, Adam Hashian confirmed his father’s death after Sib collapsed mid-performance while aboard the rock ‘n’ roll cruise ship. Sib Hashian was reportedly treated with CPR and a defibrillator after he collapsed onstage without warning. After Hashian collapsed mid-song, fellow cruise rocker John Elefante reportedly asked for prayers from fans before later announcing, “Sib didn’t make it.”
“I can confirm that my father Sib passed away last night,” Sib’s son Adam Hashian told People. “It’s tough to lose him — he was a thoughtful guy with many friends and an amazing grandfather.”
Hashian’s wife of 38 years, Suzanne, revealed that funeral arrangements for her husband will be announced at a later date.
Sib Hashian joined Boston in 1975 alongside Tom Scholz, Brad Delp, Barry Goudreau, and Fran Sheehan, and he was the drummer on the band’s first two chart-topping albums. Boston’s self-titled debut was released in 1976 and featured the hit singles “More Than a Feeling” and “Long Time,” and the title track from the band’s 1978 follow-up, Don’t Look Back, was one of the band’s biggest Billboard hits.
Hashian’s Boston bandmates issued a statement about the death of the band’s original drummer.
“Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Sib Hashian who unexpectedly passed away yesterday,” the band wrote on Facebook.
“Sib’s high energy drumming on the early Boston albums and tours leaves a legacy that will be remembered by millions.”
After Sib Hashian’s sudden death was made public, several rock stars, including Aerosmith’s Tom Hamilton, Paul Revere & the Raiders singer Mark Lindsay, and Foreigner lead singer Lou Gramm, who was also on board the Legends of Rock Cruise, paid tribute to the late Boston drummer.
My thoughts & prayers to Sib Hashian's family, friends, fans. All of us on the cruise are very saddened and will celebrate his memory
— Mark Lindsay (@MarkLindsay) March 23, 2017
So sorry to hear about that passing of Boston Drummer Sib Hashian . My thoughts & prayers go out to his family during this time .
— Lou Gramm (@GrammLou) March 23, 2017
Man, so sorry to hear about Sib Hashian's passing. Really good guy and fine drummer as well. RIP Sib.
— Tom Hamilton (@THaerosmith) March 23, 2017
My heart goes out to Sibs family, friends & fans❤️ Was an honor to be a member the band (Boston) you helped create???? https://t.co/STHWEkfXke
— MichaelSweet Stryper (@michaelhsweet) March 23, 2017
RIP Sib Hashian
— Joe Satriani (@chickenfootjoe) March 24, 2017
Saddened to hear of old friend Sib Hashian passing. RIP Sib.
— Geezer Butler (@GZRMusic) March 24, 2017
A late but heartfelt RIP SIB HASHIAN. Boston's drumming dynamo. So nice so many years later when I ran into him on my book tour in Boston. pic.twitter.com/E9ZxrWvqYJ
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) March 25, 2017
In addition to the rock star love, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson posted a poignant tribute to Sib, who he referred to as a “second father.” The Rock has been in a relationship with Sib’s daughter, Lauren Hashian, since 2007 and they have a daughter, Jasmine, together. The actor thanked Sib for the “many life lessons” and wrote that while the family didn’t get a chance to say goodbye, the Hashian patriarch’s “passing in this manner is extremely poetic and somehow beautiful. ”
Rest In Peace & Love to my second dad Sib Hashian. Don't know why things have to happen the way they do sometimes. When loved ones leave us so suddenly without having a chance to say goodbye. Perhaps the lesson here is the reminder to live our lives as full and as present as we possibly can, because we just never know what's around the corner. What a full and exciting life this man lived. What an amazing family he created, loved, watched over and protected. Being on stage, in front of adoring fans, friends and family. Keeping the beat one last time. Your passing in this manner is extremely poetic and somehow beautiful. Thank you for the many life lessons you've taught over the years. Grateful. We love you Sib. We miss you. Yhmwitcoltroml. "Hasan burgers" for everyone in heaven.
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Sib Hashian had a busy career. In addition to his iconic work with Boston, Sib Hashian played on bandmate Barry Goudreau’s 1980 self-titled album and sang backing vocals on Sammy Hagar’s “Sittin’ On (The Dock of the Bay)” cover in 1979. Sib left Boston in 1986 as the band was recording their third album, Third Stage. In more recent years, Sib owned a record shop and a franchise of tanning salons in Boston, according to WCVB.
But music was clearly his first love. Always a rocker at heart, Sib Hashian was one of several classic rockers on board the Legends of Rock Cruise, which departed from Miami last weekend. The cruise also featured The Grass Roots, Paul Revere & the Raiders singer Mark Lindsay, John Cafferty, ex-Kansas lead singer John Elefante, Hashian’s fellow former Boston member, guitarist Barry Goudreau, and many more classic rockers. The cruise, which will make stops in the Bahamas and Puerto Rico, will reportedly continue, with musicians performing in tribute to Sib Hashian.
In addition to his kids, Adam, Lauren and Aja, Sib Hashian is survived by His wife, Suzanne Hashian, and his grandchildren.
Take a look at the video below to see Sib Hashian and Boston performing one of the band’s biggest hits.
[Featured Image by Public Domain Wikimedia Commons]