​Ryan Adams & the Cardinals Guitarist Neal Casal Dead at 50

​Ryan Adams & the Cardinals Guitarist Neal Casal Dead at 50
Neal Casal, a musician best known as a member of Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, has died at the age of 50. Casal's body was found yesterday evening (August 26), and a rep has confirmed to Pitchfork that the musician died by suicide.
 
Born in New Jersey, Casal released a number of solo albums in the '90s, before collaborating with other artists and forming the band Hazy Malaze. He joined Adams' backing band the Cardinals in 2005 and played guitar on such albums as Easy Tiger, Follow the Lights, Cardinology, III/IV and Class Mythology.
 
Adams left the Cardinals in 2009, effectively putting the band on hiatus.
 
Casal later joined Chris Robinson Brotherhood and played with groups like Blackfoot and Circles Around the Sun.
 
Casal also played on albums like Willie Nelson's 2007 Adams-produced LP Songbird, Tift Merritt's Tambourine and Gin Wigmore's Holy Smoke. Additionally, he's collaborated with James Iha, Amanda Shires, Mark Olson, Minnie Driver and Lucinda Williams.
 
Casal was an avid photographer, providing album artwork for Merritt and Adams, shooting for publications like Spin and Rolling Stone, and releasing a photography book of his time on tour with the Cardinals.
 
A statement on Casal's social media pages reads:
 
It's with great sadness that we tell you Neal Casal has passed. As so many know, Neal was a gentle, soulful human who lived life through artistry & kindness. His family, friends & fans will always remember the light that he brought to the world. Rest easy Neal, we love you.
 
A number of collaborators have shared tributes to the late guitarist, including Adams (who has been largely absent from social media since allegations of emotional abuse and inappropriate conduct arose earlier this year).
 
Read some of those tributes to Casal below.