THE bassist of the band Third Eye Blind, Jason Slater, passed away at the age of 49 after suffering “liver failure.”
His fellow band members called his loss a “sad time.”
Jason passed away on Wednesday at a hospital in Maui, Hawaii, his daughter, Alyssa Carlson, told TMZ.
She revealed that he had kept his condition a secret from almost everyone, including her, who only found out about it last month after he landed in the hospital.
A rep for the band told the outlet that the remaining original band members – singer/guitarist Stephan Jenkins and drummer Brad Hargreaves – hadn’t spoken to Jason since 1996, but added that “when a spirited member of the music scene is taken too soon it is always a sad time.”
Jason was the original bassist and backup vocalist of the rock band that rose to fame in 1993.
However, his journey with the band ended one year later after they recorded their first demo.
He went on to work with bands like Snake River Conspiracy, Microdot, Revenge of the Triads, and the rap-rock project Brougham
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Back in 2008, Jason shared a video on YouTube of Third Eye Blind’s “first recording session,” where he revealed that he “didn’t know” drummer Kevin Cadogan or bassist Arion Salazar, who joined the band in 1994, at that point.
He said: “This video was shot at least 4 years before we met either of them. We recorded Caroline and a song called Hold Me Down at this session.
“The misconception of the early years of 3EB is that it was a ‘band’ in the early years. The first 3 years it was just Stephen and I writing songs and recording demos.”
“Tony [Fredianelli] was actually the first guitar player auditioned for the band, but Stephen thought he was too metal … years later he got a haircut and Stephen hired him.”