Junkhouse Guitarist Dan Achen Dies at 51

Junkhouse Guitarist Dan Achen Dies at 51
Dan Achen, former guitarist of '90s alt-rock band Junkhouse, has died. The Hamilton, ON native passed away of a suspected heart attack late Monday (March 15) night while playing hockey with a group of friends. He was 51.

Achen, who owns Hamilton's Catherine North Studios, reportedly dropped to the ice during the game at Oakville's Glen Abbey arena, leading other players to quickly call for help.

"There were paramedics on the scene within minutes, but they couldn't revive him," Duke Foster, Catherine North sound engineer and one of Achen's hockey teammates, told the Hamilton Spectator.

Junkhouse formed in 1989 in Hamilton, and eventually went on to score an international hit with "Out of My Head," from their 1993 album, Strays. During the '90s, the band played alongside such acts as Crash Vegas and Soul Asylum, as well as collaborated with Sarah McLachlan on the song "Burned Out Car," from 1995's Birthday Boy.

During the past ten years, Achen took on the role of producer at his Catherine North Studios, where artists such as Achen's niece Leslie Feist and Alexisonfire's Dallas Green recorded.

Green, who did his Juno-winning Color and Colour album, Bring Me Your Love, with Achen as co-producer, released a statement Tuesday (March 16), saying, "Making that record with Dan was one of the best experiences I ever had. Not only in my career, but in my life as well. I am deeply saddened by the loss of someone who I considered a good friend and a wonderful talent. I will miss you."

Funeral arrangements are to be announced later this week.