Jeff Austin (Yonder Mountain String Band) Has Passed Away, R.I.P.

Following the news that Jeff Austin had suffered a medical emergency this past weekend, the family has confirmed the horribly sad news today that Jeff Austin has passed away. We’re seeing that it occurred yesterday, Monday, June 24, 2019. R.I.P. to one of the best mandolin players of a generation.

The Denver Post notes that while no cause of death was given on his Facebook page, “AEG Presents confirmed that Austin died after being put into a medically induced coma.” [via]

This message below was just shared via Jeff Austin’s social media page.

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of a beloved family member, mandolinist, singer, songwriter and founder of The Jeff Austin Band, and Yonder Mountain String Band, Jeff Austin. Austin passed away June 24, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. He was son of Eileen Austin, husband to Devlyn, and father to Lily Rose (12), Penelope (5), and Jude Patrick (2). He was a dear friend whose music touched the lives of so many, and will be sorely missed. If you would like to make a contribution to help his family, please visit

Horribly sad news. Our thoughts are with Jeff’s family and friends today.

Yonder Mountain String Band shared this message:

We are saddened to report that we have lost our brother Jeff Austin. Remembering the incredible times and magical moments puts us at a profound loss for words. While we honor his memory, we will continue to pray for his family and for the journey they now face without him.

Umphrey’s McGee has shared a word mourning his passing and sharing a positive spirited reminder of what gifts he gave us.

Here are some other reactions from fans and musicians in the scene…