Gared O’Donnell, singer, guitarist and founding member of Planes Mistaken For Stars, has passed away. He died on Wednesday November 24 at the age of 44 from esophageal cancer.
The group shared a statement on Instagram, writing, in part, “It is impossible to express the depth of sadness in which we have to announce that Gared O’Donnell, our brother, our leader, our captain, who has done more to cultivate love and light in this world any of us can understand, rose from his physical form here with us and crossed the Rainbow Bridge into the Eternal Aether. last days / hours he was surrounded by the love of his family, friends, group mates and many others from afar.
O’Donnell co-founded Planes Mistaken For Stars in 1997 in Peoria, Illinois, with guitarist Mat Bellinger, drummer Mike Ricketts and bassist Aaron Wise. They released an eponymous EP and then moved to Denver, Colorado. They followed the EP with their first album Fuck with fire via No Idea Records in 2001, In the guts in 2004, and Pity in 2006.
The group then split up until 2010, when they started touring occasionally. The group’s fourth album, Prey, was released in 2016. It was their last with O’Donnell.
O’Donnell announced in August 2020 that he had been diagnosed with stage 3 esophageal cancer. In their statement, the group mentioned that O’Donnell is working on new music and that they hope they can. share it in the future.
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