Remy Zero's Gregory Slay Dies at 40

Remy Zero's Gregory Slay Dies at 40
After a 2009 chock-full of tragedy, 2010 started off on a sombre foot when Remy Zero drummer and songwriter Gregory Slay passed away. Following a life-long battle with cystic fibrosis, Slay died on New Year's Day. He was 40.

Birmingham, AL-based Remy Zero's first big break came when they were personally invited to open for Radiohead on their Bends tour. The band went on to record three albums. Their music has appeared in television shows like Smallville, as well as movies like Garden State and Fanboys.

Though they disbanded in 2003, Slay's band-mates only had fond memories of the drummer. They left the following statement on the band's website:

Gregory Scott Slay - our beloved friend, partner, brother, master musician, beautiful artist - passed away this morning, January 1, 2010. He was in a peaceful place and surrounded by his family. We are so grateful for the time we were allowed with each other and for the wonderful opportunity to create with him for so many years. Gregory inspired all who had the chance to see him perform, to hear the music that he made or just to be around his bountiful spirit. He will be greatly missed.