UPDATE: Tour manager Josh Stern passes away, donation information released

December 20 2012, 3:37 PM EST By Cassie Whitt

UPDATE: December 20 at 3:37 p.m. EST
According to his obituary, which explains that "writing music and playing guitar were [Stern's] passion," loved ones request that in lieu of flowers for his funeral service, donations be made to the arts program at the high school from which Stern graduated:

Howard W. Blake High School, Friends of the Arts
1701 North Boulevard
Tampa, FL. 33607

Ponyboy Production has also set up the Josh Stern Fairwell Fund, to which you can donate. All money will go directly to Stern's family to help cover the costs of his services.

UPDATE: December 19 at 3:13 p.m. EST
Those wishing to their pay respects to Josh Stern can attend a memorial service, which is open to the public. Details follow: 

Friday, December 21 @ 10 a.m.
Congregation Beth AM
2030 West Fletcher Ave
Tampa, FL 33612

ORIGINAL POST: December 18 at 4:31 p.m. EST
AP has received word that Josh Stern, tour manager and crew member for bands such as New Found Glory, Senses Fail, Thrice, Bayside, Falling In Reverse and more has passed away unexpectedly. 

Chad Gilbert from New Found Glory tweeted the following and sent us the below picture from their recent tour with Stern (pictured front, wearing white),  which wrapped up only two days ago, on December 16.

Sticks And Stones tour end

Response from the musical community continues to pour in. See some of the tweets from artists Stern has worked with in the past below: