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RIP: David Fuentes (Hepcat / The Aggrolites)

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In a very sad turn of events, David Fuentes, bandmember of LA based Hepcat & The Aggrolites has passed away. The bands have issued the following statements:

HEPCAT:
We are sad to announce that our brother, beloved band mate and amazing friend, David Fuentes, is no longer with us. He will be missed by everyone but especially everyone in the Hepcat family.

David “Bassie” Fuentes is survived by his wife Yohanna and their sons Andrew, 7 and Darren, 3. A memorial fund has been established to help his family. Please spread the word to friends and fans who may wish to do something in his honor.

Contributions can be made via PayPal by logging onto www.paypal.com. Enter davidfuentesmemorial@gmail.com as the recipient’s email.

To send any thoughts or prayers to the family email: davidfuentesmemorial@gmail.com

RIP Dave you will always be loved and missed by us all.

We Love You Very Much,

Hepcat

THE AGGROLITES:
We are all devastated by the loss of our dear friend and bandmate Dave Fuentes. We are extremely honored to have played with Dave during his last days. Dave was a big influence on every one of us for years, and for him to join us onstage and call himself an Aggrolite meant the world to us.

No one will ever be able to play bass like Dave, it came so easy to him and his technique is untouchable. Dave will definately go down in history as the greatest ska bass player of our generation. Onstage he was a star and you couldn’t take your eyes off of him, but once he came down off the stage, he was a regular guy just smiling and having a good time. Dave was so friendly that everywhere we went, he was talking to people- whether it was fans at a show, or the employee at a gas station. He was truely an inspiration both musically and in life.

We all had a nickname for him – “Wisdom Dave” because he was always full of insight and helpful advice. He set an example as a man, as a friend, a husband and as a father. He never had anything bad to say about anyone. Every night on tour at 8:00, we would be able to spot Dave somewhere in the corner of a venue, or in the dressing room on the phone saying goodnight to his children and his wife. We couldn’t drive by a shopping center without Dave stopping to look for gifts for his wife and children.

Our hearts go out to his wife and children as well as the rest of his family, and to our brothers in Hepcat. Dave is loved and cherished by so many people… we miss you already Dave. ‘

Till we meet again “Aggro-Cat.”

Rest in peace.

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