Big Daddy Weave Bassist Jay Weaver’s Cause of Death Revealed
Jay Weaver, the vocalist of Alabama-based Christian rock band, Big Daddy Weave, has sadly passed away at the age of 42. Jay Weaver’s cause of death has been confirmed by his family.
The band’s label, Nashville-based Curb Records, announced the heartbreaking news on Monday, January 3, 2022.
“We are devastated by this loss and are trusting the Lord to guide us through this difficult time. All of your thoughts, prayers, and support have been and continue to be deeply appreciated,” the statement said.
The Dove Awards official Twitter account wrote: “Our hearts go out to our friends in @bdwmusic. Jay Weaver, the bass player for Big Daddy Weave, passed away earlier tonight. We pray for comfort for his family, but we rejoice in knowing he is whole again, with his Heavenly Father.”
Back in August, Jay was hospitalized and wound up in the intensive care unit after complications related to dialysis. The group also revealed at the time that Weaver “recently made the difficult decision to come off the road with Big Daddy Weave for a time to focus on his health.”
In 2016, Weaver had both of his feet amputated after an infection.
The band is composed of brothers Jay and Mike Weaver, Joe Shirk, Brian Beihl, and Jeremy Redmon.
The members met in college while attending the University of Mobile and formed the band in 1998. The group released their first studio album, Neighborhoods, in 2001.
Weaver is survived by his wife Emily and their three children, Makenzie, Madison, and Nathan Weaver.
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Jay Weaver’s Death after Battling COVID-19
Jay Weaver’s cause of death was announced on January 2, 2022. The Big Daddy Weave bassist passed away Sunday of complications from COVID-19.
According to the band on Twitter, Jay entered hospital care in late December due to complications from Coronavirus. Last August, he left the road after a period of intensive care stemming from dialysis treatment, according to the Band.
Mike Weaver, the sibling of Jay, took to social media on Monday morning to confirm the passing of his brother, writing: “Thank you for your love and prayers, friends. Please see this message from Mike.”
“I’m sorry to bring this news, but I am excited to celebrate where he is right now. My brother Jay went to be with Jesus just a couple hours ago,” Mike said in a video he shared to Big Daddy Weave’s Instagram.
“You’ve seen him walk the uphill battle, and you guys helped carry him through so much. Even though COVID took his last breath, Jesus was right there to catch him,” Mike added.
Prior to Jay’s death, the band shared a post to their fans, asking for prayers and support while Jay battled his illness.
“Friends, would you please pray for Jay, his wife Emily, and their children?” the post read.
“Jay has been in the hospital for five days fighting a tough battle against Covid. Would you pray with us for complete healing for Jay and for peace for his family? We pray in the name of Jesus that it be so.
The statement continued: “From Jay’s wife Emily: I am asking you all to pray for Jay. He has been in the hospital since Tuesday. He is fighting so hard. I can see it on him as I look through the window of his door. Yes, he has the awful virus. I just want my best friend/everything to get better.”
Since forming in the late 1990s, the band has released nine studio albums. Big Daddy Weave also released a compilation album in 2011, along with a Christmas album in 2009.
The band is known for singles such as Redeemed and All Things New. They received multiple awards for their music, including the Christian radio station K-Love’s Song of the Year.
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Reactions to Jay Weaver’s Sudden Death
After the sad news of Jay Weaver’s death was revealed, his friends and social media users flooded social media with tribute messages. Many fans also took to Twitter to pay Pigonant tributes to the legendary artist.
“Also, Jay Weaver from #BigDaddyWeave passed away yesterday. If you’ve never heard of the group, you should check them out on YouTube. Every song is phenomenal,” one fan tweeted.
“So sorry to hear that BDW band member- and #Auburn fan – Jay Weaver – passed away. Their “Love Come to Life” album is a longtime favorite.” one Twitter user wrote.
“I am just devastated. Jay Weaver, of the band @bdwmusic, just passed away. He has had many health issues over the years, but this is crushing. I’ve know the guys for 20 years and consider them each friends. If you pray, would you please pray for Jay’s family and his bandmates?” another user wrote.
“We pray for comfort for his family, but we rejoice in knowing he is whole again, with his Heavenly Father,” the Dove Awards wrote late Sunday.
Matt Hammitt tweeted: “So sad to hear about the passing of Jay Weaver of @bdwmusic. Didn’t know him well, but know so many who loved him. Prayers for his family, wife, and children.”
“Heartbroken by the news of the passing of Big Daddy Weave’s Jay Weaver. Anyone who knows my story knows how instrumental their music has been in my life. I’ve been fortunate over the past few years to tour with Jay and the rest of the guys, and I can honestly say he was one in a million,” Zach Williams wrote on Facebook.
“He had a heart for God and a heart for people. He was the real deal on and off the stage. I’m so grateful for the times we had touring these past few years. Please keep Jay’s family and the Big Daddy Weave team in your prayers.
“I know you’re walking those streets of gold today in some new shoes. Miss ya already, Jay Dog,” Williams added.
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Jason Gray wrote: “My friend Jay Weaver of Big Daddy Weave passed away yesterday. Jay, along with his brother Mike and their band, were always so good to me, but never were they more kind to me than when they took me on tour with them in the weeks after my divorce was finalized.”
“So sad to learn of Jay Weaver’s passing yesterday. I toured with Big Daddy Weave in the Fall of 2010 for over 50 concerts, raising funds to translate the Bible into the Ndamba language,” Aaron Shust said.
He continued: “Jay was always smiling, always kind, always encouraging, always challenging us to a deeper commitment to holiness. Just like his brother Mike. Join me in praying for his dear family. He will be missed. We grieve, but not as those who have no hope.”
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