Riley Gale, the singer for Dallas, Texas thrash metal band Power Trip, died Monday, his family confirmed in a statement. He was 34. The cause of death has not been publicly revealed.
Gale’s family announced his death with a statement posted to the band’s Twitter on Tuesday.
“It is with the greatest of sadness we must announce that our lead singer and brother Riley Gale passed away last night,” the statement said. No cause of death was given.
“Riley was a friend, a brother, a son. Riley was both a larger than life rock star and a humble and giving friend. He touched so many lives through his lyrics and through his huge heart. He treated everyone he met as a friend and he always took care of his friends.”
Gale helped shape the group in 2008. In 2009, their very first EP Armageddon Blues was released and has been followed up by yet another EP, Power Trip, two decades after. They moved on to release two records on Southern Lord: their 2013 debut Manifest Decimation and 2017’s Nightmare Logic. This was followed by a compilation record, Opening Fire: 2008-2014, in 2018. In 2019, Power Trip tweeted they were on their third album.
“I only got the information. . He was just 35. . I’m devastated. . Still don’t understand how… I’m speechless. Thus Fd up. . Smh,” rapper Ice T composed.
I only had the fantastic fortune of meeting him once, but he had a way of making you feel as though you’d known him instantly,” Slipknot drummer Jay Weinberg shared. “Such a deep loss.
The band is asking for privacy at the moment. Instead of flowers, well-wishers have been asked to contribute to Dallas Hope Charities.