Early this morning, John "Beatz" Holohan, drummer of Victory Records act Bayside, was killed when his band‘s van hit a patch of ice and flipped outside of Cheyenne, Wyoming. He was 31. The band was en route to tonight‘s stop of the Never Sleep Again tour featuring labelmates Hawthorne Heights, Silverstein and Aiden. A statement from Victory label head Tony Brummel:

"John Beatz was an integral part of Victory’s Artist Family. He was a gifted, caring and special human being. He epitomized that NYC, street-smart, rock musician flair in everything he did. As a Chicago guy, I always felt like I was communicating with a brother from another neighborhood on the other side of one big city. He made the music. I got it into the stores and helped make people aware that it existed.

John was the type of Artist that I always wanted to fight for. He was appreciative and wanted to win not only for himself, but, more importantly, for the team. His phone calls and daily e-mail updates were always a reminder as to why I am in this business. I will miss them. Every time I heard from him he told me that he was “having the time of his life.” He played every show like it would be his last. None of us were ready for that show to end.

The “Beatz” will go on and will never be forgotten."

Donations to John‘s family can be made via Paypal to the John Holohan Bayside Memorial Fund by clicking here.

Bayside bassist Nick Ghanbarian was also seriously injured, as well as crew members. Tonight‘s show in Salt Lake City has been canceled; an announcement regarding the rest of the tour will be made later today. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone on the tour right now, and our deepest condolences go out to the family, friends and fans of Mr. Holohan.