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Public Memorial Announced for Warrel Dane, Memorial Fund Launched to Help Cover Funeral Costs


Hopefully Warrel Dane’s family can find some solace of his untimely death in the fact that he was clearly a very loved and respected individual. Tributes from around the metal community continue to pour in, with dozens of musicians sharing their thoughts on the legacy of the Nevermore/Sanctuary frontman, Doc Coyle’s loving piece, my own disorganized mess of a tribute and more.

Now his family is seeking our support in transporting Warrel’s body from Brazil, where he died (he had been recording his second solo album there), back to his home in Seattle, and for the ensuing funeral costs of putting him to rest for good. The fund smashed through its modest $5,000 goal in less than a day, and has nearly doubled that goal on day two. You can donate here.

What’s more, his family will be hosting a public memorial at the Studio Seven venue in Seattle on January 7th, “offering everyone who felt touched by his life, in any way, to share the grief of this loss and the joy of his sweet memory.”

You can read his family’s statement along with the GoFundMe campaign below. Again, that link to donate: right here.

“On behalf of friends and family of the Sanctuary camp we are bringing Warrel home to Seattle.

“On Wednesday, December 13th the world lost an amazing human. Our dear friend Warrel Dane, who achieved fame with the bands SANCTUARY and NEVERMORE, passed away of a heart attack in São Paulo, Brazil while recording what was to be his second solo album.

“Warrel had a one of a kind voice. The highs, the lows, the grit, the charm… he had it all.

“His smile, infectious energy, and incredibly kind heart will forever be in our memories.
Warrel meant so much to so many.

“In the wake of this unexpected loss, the expenses to bring him home for a proper memorial service is quite high. Currently, his monies are not accessible and this fund will be used by family members to cover the costs associated with transporting him home and final burial expenses.
Any donations will be greatly appreciated

“Much Love and Gratitude,
Sanctuary, friends and family

“In honor of Warrel, his beloved Seattle family are holding an informal community wide gathering, offering everyone who felt touched by his life, in any way, to share the grief of this loss and the joy of his sweet memory.

“Sunday, January 7th
Studio Seven
110 S. Horton Street
Seattle, WA 98134
Times: TBD”

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