BLACK TUSK Bassist JONATHAN ATHON Dies Following Motorcycle Crash

November 9, 2014

Bassist Jonathan Athon of Savannah, Georgia's BLACK TUSK passed away this morning (Sunday, November 9) from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. The remaining members of the band say in a statement: "Doctors told us that he suffered irreparable brain damage shortly after the accident. He has been in a coma and sustained by life support until now."

They add: "As per his wishes, we removed Athon from his life support systems and his organs will be donated. His body will be cremated and a memorial is being planned for family and friends in Savannah. He was 32 years old and will be forever missed.

"Thank you all for your support during this devastating time for us; it would have made him proud."

According to, Athon's Harley-Davidson collided with an SUV in downtown Savannah Friday night (November 7).

Athon, 32, and his girlfriend, 26-year-old Emily Boutwell, both of Savannah, were taken to Memorial University Medical Center after the 9:28 p.m. wreck at Price and East Jones streets, said Julian Miller, Savannah-Chatham police spokesman..

Athon and Boutwell were riding a 1981 Harley Davidson Sportster south on Price when the motorcycle crashed into the driver's door of a 2014 Acura MDX that an 85-year-old Savannah man was driving east on Jones, Miller said.

BLACK TUSK recently entered Portland, Oregon's Audiosiege Studios with acclaimed producer Joel Grind of TOXIC HOLOCAUST to begin work on the follow-up to 2013's "Tend No Wounds" EP.

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