Kevin Garcia, Grandaddy Bassist and Co-Founder, Dead at 41

Musician for seminal Modesto, California indie rock outfit suffered massive stroke

Kevin Garcia, the bassist for the seminal indie rock group Grandaddy, has died after suffering a massive stroke. Credit: Burak Cingi/Getty

Kevin Garcia, the bassist and co-founder of the influential Modesto, California alt-rock group Grandaddy, died after suffering a massive stroke Tuesday. He was 41. Grandaddy confirmed Garcia's death in a post on Facebook

"There are no accurate words to express what we need to," the band said. "We are absolutely shattered to say that we lost our friend and band mate Kevin Garcia early this afternoon … We were all able to say goodbye to him and he was surrounded by his closest friends and family here in Modesto. Kevin started playing with Grandaddy when he was fifteen. He was an actual angel. He navigated life with a grace, a generosity and a kindness that was utterly unique. And contagious. He is loved so deeply by so many."

Garcia is survived by his wife, two children, parents, grandmother and brothers. The band has set up a GoFundMe page to help the family with coming expenses.

Singer/guitarist Jason Lytle formed Grandaddy in 1992 with Garcia on bass and Aaron Burtch on drums. The group released their debut album, Under the Western Freeway, in 1997, drawing critical acclaim for their blend of Nineties alternative rock with spaced-out psychedelia. Their 2000 follow-up, The Sophtware Slump, was equally celebrated and remains a touchstone concept record about humanity and technology at the outset of the 21st century.

Grandaddy would release two more LPs – 2003's Sumday and 2006's Just Like the Fambly Cat – as well as a handful of compilations before splitting up in 2006. However, the group reunited in 2012 for a handful of live dates and eventually entered the studio to record their first album in 11 years, Last Place, which was released in March. 

Grandaddy were scheduled to return to the road in support of Last Place starting May 7th, but the band has canceled all future tour dates following Garcia's death. "Given the circumstances, we unfortunately have to cancel our upcoming US tour dates. We hope to reschedule these at some point in the future," the band said in a statement Wednesday.

At the end of their Facebook post, they wrote, "We'll have more to say in the days ahead. Right now the four of us are grieving together."