Chris Reimer, guitarist for the Calgary, Canada based band Women died in his sleep earlier this week at 26 years old.
The cause of death has not yet been confirmed, but his sister Nikki Reimer told CBC Arts Online that doctors were checking out a suspected heart condition.
His last performance was a solo show in Calgary on February 8, and according to reports it was recorded.
A statement from Jagjaguwar reads:
“We’re shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of Women guitarist, Chris Reimer. Chris’ virtuosic playing is one of the many reasons we fell in love with this band in the first place. If you were lucky enough to ever see them play live, you know what we mean. Always calm and collected while shredding. So much fun to watch. All of that aside, Chris was an incredible friend. He was one of the warmest and funniest people we’ve been lucky to know and work with. As sad as this is, it’s hard to not smile when thinking of him. Our love and support goes out to Chris’ family and friends. So so much love for you, Chris.“
The band Women formed in 2007 and released two studio albums since then. They had joined the Jagjaguwar stable and with their help achieved recognition in the indie world across North America and Europe with performances at Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Spain and Austin’s South by Southwest.
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Have a listen to Women’s song ‘Locust Valley’ below: