Caleb Scofield, the bassist and a vocalist for Cave In, Old Man Gloom, and Zozobra, has died in a car accident in New Hampshire. The musician was traveling on the F.E. Everett Turnpike in a pickup truck when he collided into a toll plaza barrier. He was 39.
Scofield leaves behind a wife and two children, and right now, there’s a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for them. You can contribute to it here.
Cave In wrote the following statement on their Facebook page, linking out to the fundraiser.
“We are shocked and devastated by the passing of Caleb Scofield. He was one of a kind, our best friend and an unfathomable world of inspiration. Thank you for your support, and for understanding how difficult this is for us. Please donate to his family.”
Old Man Gloom also took to Facebook for the following:
“Again, we thank you for all the kind words, and the donations to Caleb’s family. If you haven’t, please consider just tossing even a few bucks in. Every little bit helps.
Obviously we are all still in shock. I find myself swinging from disbelief to petrifying sadness, second to second. I just haven’t been able to conjure words to share that would eloquently capture the brother we lost, the life he lived, or the pain we feel. I probably never will. I will try, and I will continue to try until I have no more stories and no more words for the rest of my life.
What I can offer now is to tell you that Old Man Gloom has always been a monument to friendship. It’s never been about music. From day one, Aaron and I started this because we were friends, and wanted to just hang out more. Soon after, we added Nate, because we wanted to hang out with him more. We then added Luke, who didn’t even play an instrument, because we wanted to hang out with him. Then one day we were giving Caleb a ride somewhere, and he said “you know, if you want bass in Old Man Gloom, i’d do it”. The minute we heard him say it we of course jumped at the opportunity to play with him. We were all in love with him as a person, and in love with his playing. We were Caleb super fans, and couldn’t believe he would want to be involved with our stupid little monkey themed joke band.
Isis wrote on Facebook, “Yesterday the world lost a very special person: Caleb Scofield. He was deeply important to us as a friend, tour mate, roommate, collaborator and human. He was a great father, a loving husband and his loss will be most deeply felt by his family. His music in his various bands (Cave In, Old Man Gloom, Zozobra), have inspired us and many others, and will continue to do so for years to come. We love you and miss you already Caleb.”
Converge wrote on Facebook, “How do you sum up someone like Caleb Scofield in a facebook status? We all loved him deeply. We were all truly lucky to call him a friend. We all loved the music he made and we were all inspired by him. The news of his passing is a hard pill to swallow. We will miss him. Rest in peace friend.”
RIP Caleb, thanks for everything!