Pete Hayes, Echo Lake Drummer, Dies At 25

Pete Hayes, the 25-year-old drummer for the indie band Echo Lake, has passed away.

The exact cause of death was not released to the public, but Echo Lake guitarist Thom Hill hinted that Hayes passed away after a long battle with an unknown illness. The band has also set up a donation page in honor of Hayes at the British Heart Foundation.

Hill wrote on their website:

“I can’t believe I’m actually typing these words, we’re all completely devastated and shocked.If you knew Pete, then you’ll know what an amazing person he was. If you didn’t know Pete then all I can say is that he was a total one off. Always caring, always giving, always straight up and always with such a positive outlook on life. That was the thing with Pete, he just got on with it. Even in his last few weeks he would be sitting up in his hospital bed smiling and having a laugh with me.

“It was this outlook on life that made me perhaps take advantage of our time spent together. This situation never seemed possible because he never ever stopped being positive and joyful. He never moaned, or acted ill and was an incredibly hard worker. It’s a really rare thing to find all of these qualities in someone and he deserved more time to live his life to the full, which he always did.”

The death of Pete Hayes comes just a few days before the release of the band’s debut album. You can listen to Wild Peace below.

The donation page in memory of Pete Hayes, reads:

“Echo Lake’s debut album Wild Peace is out Monday 25 June. This is reason to celebrate: massively devoted to the band from day one, we’re certain Pete will be looking down from the heavens with his unforgettable wide eyed smile, proud as punch.”

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