(November 2, 1968 – August 26, 2019^), guitarist for , and and the Cardinals, has reportedly passed away. The Circles Around The Sun website has been updated his photo only, and the news is officially per his account. is reporting and we’ve confirmed that he died by .

website was updated with this photo of a young Casal

Musicians and have already taken to social media for an outlet for the sad news. has worked with Casal and tweeted out the following message below (as did other musicians directly in Neal’s sphere).

, – FEBRUARY 07: Neal Case and perform on stage during 32nd Annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert & Gala at on February 07, 2019 in . (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Tibet House)

Lost one my best friends today. A man of upmost musical integrity and one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. Heartbroken. Neal Graeme Casal.

Posted by Castaway Seven on Monday, August 26, 2019

We are devastated by the news. 😢

Our thoughts are with Neal’s friends, family and fans today.

The source said that Casal had been “struggling on and off for the past year” with some personal , which his family and friends were helping him work through. He had been in the studio last week with Circles Around The Sun recording a new studio album and over the weekend they performed a well-received set at the LOCKN’ in Arrington, Virginia. “It appeared he was in a good head space. On Monday, however, he went home and stopped returning calls and texts from friends.” The source said Casal’s body was found on Monday evening. [via]

In a freshly published interview on Rolling Stone, Neal is interviewed and reflects on his life.

“If you play guitar with the right touch and the right sounds and the right feeling, you can make very little go a long way. I’m not comparing myself to , but he was one of those people who could just play one note and kind of the world to you. If I had any aspiration, it would be that, though I don’t know if I’ll ever get to that place, you know? I guess every kid who ever picks up a guitar would dream of becoming a guitar hero, but I certainly don’t see myself that way.”


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