In an November 24 message on its web site, the band wrote:

“Today is probably the worst day ever. Its with our deepest regrets that we have to write this. Casey Calvert passed away in his sleep last night. We found out this afternoon before sound-check. We’ve spent the entire day trying to come to grips with this and figure out as much as possible. At this time we’re not sure what exactly happened. Just last night he was joking around with everyone before he went to bed.

“We can say with absolute certainty that he was not doing anything illegal. Please, out of respect to Casey and his family, don’t contribute or succumb to any gossip you may hear. We don’t want his memory to be tainted in the least. Casey was our best friend. He was quirky and awesome and there will truly be no others like him! His loss is unexplainable. As soon as we know more we will let you know.”

Representatives for the band have made no official comment regarding Calvert’s death or the group’s plans. Hawthorne Heights was scheduled to be on the road with Amber Pacific, Escape The Fate,The A.K.A.s, and The Secret Handshake through December 21.