Further details have not yet been released and the band ask that Friedrich's privacy be respected in their statement, which you can read in full below.
Caspian will honor their bandmate, who had gotten married just last month, with a benefit show for Friedrich's friend to be held this Saturday, August 31 at The Engine Room in Manchester, NH.
We write to you today with heavy hearts and indescribable sadness to tell you that our bass player, Chris Friedrich, died unexpectedly Sunday afternoon. We have lost a close friend, a true brother, and a presence that can never be replaced in any of our lives. Chris epitomized the heart and soul of Caspian, and in our own ways — both individually and collectively — dedicate ourselves to honoring his memory. We ask for privacy. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
We will be paying tribute this Saturday (8/31) to Chris by performing at The Engine Room in Manchester, NH. This is a benefit show for a friend of Chris's who is seeking funding for a lung transplant. Chris was instrumental in putting this show together, and is the only way we know how to honor his memory at this time. You can find more information in our events section for this performance.
We love you all so very much. “
The band announced last week that they are set to embark on a fall European tour supporting HIM. They have not released further information indicating how or if their loss will affect future plans.
Thank you for your kind words about Chris. We will pay tribute to him by performing this Saturday in NH, information is on our FB page.
— CASPIAN (@CASPIAN_) August 28, 2013