Last night, Matt Mays posted the following to his Facebook page:
Our guitar player and dear friend Jay Smith passed away this morning in Edmonton. As you can all imagine, we are completely devastated. However, in our heart of hearts we know that we need to Play on. Jay's family as well as the band know he would have wanted it that way. All the proceeds from the remaining shows will be put into a trust for his two beautiful children. Jay's wit, charm, and unparalleled love of music will never be forgotten.
He was our brother and he will live in our hearts and song forever.
Matt, Serge, Damien, Adam and Matt
Jay Smith was a talented young man, a beloved member of the local scene, an amazingly gifted guitarist and will be greatly missed. A memorial concert is planned for April 7, organized by Jay's friends Stuart Jolliffe, Mike Campbell, Carl Gosine, Jonny Stevens, Danny Thomas and Sonic Entertainment Group.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends.