Isaiah “Ikey” Owens, Member of Mars Volta and Jack White’s Touring Band, Has Passed Away

Isaiah "Ikey" Owens, R.I.P.

Very sad news today out of the Jack White camp; following their performance in Mexico last night, their touring keyboardist Isaiah “Ikey” Owens was found dead in his hotel room the following day as the result of a heart attack.

Jack White’s team released this statement earlier today:

It is with great sadness that we tell the world of the passing of the incredible musician Isaiah “Ikey” Owens. He will be missed and loved forever by his family, friends, bandmates and fans.

Ikey Owens was an astounding keyboard player in Jack White’s backing band. He also played with Mars Volta, Free Moral Agents, and many other projects.

Out of respect for Ikey, the remaining shows of the Jack White Tour in Mexico have been cancelled.

We will all miss you Ikey. You were and are an incredible artist.

I was more familiar with his work through The Mars Volta and he definitely contributed a sound that doesn’t seem easily matched. Bummer.