CYNIC‘s longtime bassist Sean Malone has passed away at the age of 50. No cause of death has yet been revealed.
The news of Malone‘s passing was broken by his CYNIC bandmate, Paul Masvidal, who took to his social media last night (Wednesday, December 9) to write: “I learned today that Sean Malone has died. I am numb and grief stricken. He had a brilliant mind, a gracious heart and was one of the greatest musicians I’ve ever encountered.
“I know that this is a shocking loss for so many fans whose lives he touched with his artistry, as it is for me. Please keep him in your thoughts and listen to his playing to celebrate his life.”
Malone joined CYNIC just in time to play on the band’s classic debut album, 1993’s Focus. Malone proved to have quite a good musical chemistry with the rest of the band, and ended up hitting the road with CYNIC on the Focus tour.
This past January, CYNIC‘s founding drummer Sean Reinert was found unresponsive at his California home. He was only 48 years old. At the time, Malone issued a statement praising his former bandmate, saying Reinert “offered his trust during every rehearsal, every recording, and every performance we ever did, and it’s likely that I’ll never experience the same again. The truth is that we’re all lucky — lucky to have been alive while Sean Reinert was making music.”