UPDATE: Jack White’s management have released a new statement, revealing that Ikey Owens died from a heart attack. Read the full statement below:
The coroner has determined that Ikey Owens died from a heart attack the morning of October 14 at approximately 4 am. The only drugs found in his room were a small amount of marijuana. Ikey, born Isaiah Randolph Owens, was a GRAMMY award-winning artist best known for his work with Jack White, the Mars Volta, De Facto and Free Moral Agents, among others. He was a beloved member of the music community as well as his hometown of Long Beach, CA.
ORIGINAL STORY: Talented multi-instrumentalist Isaiah “Ikey” Owens has died at the age of 38. Owens most notably played keyboard for the Mars Volta and Jack White. But he’s performed with countless other musicians, including Free Moral Agents, De Facto, Long Beach Dub All Stars and many more.
According to the Long Beach Post, Owens was found dead in a Puebla, Mexico hotel room on Tuesday while on tour with Jack White. Drugs and alcohol were reportedly found in his room, but the exact cause of death has not yet been revealed.
Out of repsect for Owens, Jack White has canceled his remaining shows in Mexico. You can read a full statement from White’s management below:
“It is with great sadness that we tell the world of the passing of the incredible musician Isaiah “Ikey” Owens. He will be missed and loved forever by his family, friends, bandmates and fans. Ikey Owens was an astounding keyboard player in Jack White's backing band. He also played with Mars Volta, Free Moral Agents, and many other projects. Out of respect for Ikey, the remaining shows of the Jack White Tour in Mexico have been cancelled. We will all miss you Ikey. You were and are an incredible artist.”