Silos bassist Drew Glackin dies suddenly
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
– Drew Glackin, instrumentalist and bassist for The Silos, died suddenly on Saturday, January 5. According to his band, he was unaware of an overactive thyroid condition that led to severe heart damage.
He was surrounded by family and friends during his final days. In a statement issued by Bloodshot Records, his bandmates said, "Drew was adored around the world and his larger than life spirit and contagious jovial energy touched everyone he met, everywhere he went. He was a musician of the highest talent and made his mark in countless bands, record albums and many thousands of live performances. He will be sorely missed and the memories of his music, his great humor, and his magnanimous generosity of spirit and love will be with us forever."
Silos founder Walter Salas-Humara had been in the band with Glackin and Konrad Meissner on drums for about nine years.
Bloodshot Records founder Rob Miller said, "The Bloodshot family and the music community in general is poorer, and less fun, with Drew's untimely and unexpected death. Drew liked having a good time, and he loved making sure those around him were having a good time, too. I will sorely miss getting caught up in his joyful slipstream whenever and wherever our paths would cross."
A fund has been set up in Glackin's name to help with funeral costs. Send a Paypal donation to:
To send a check, make it payable to:
The Andrew Drew Glackin Memorial Fund
Skylands Community Bank
201 Strykers Road, Suite 20
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
att: Sherri Abel
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