Big Daddy Weave bassist Jay Weaver dies of complications from COVID-19
Jay Weaver, co-founder member and bassist of contemporary Christian band Big Daddy Weave, died of complications from COVID-19 on Sunday.
The band’s label, Nashville-based Curb Records, confirmed Weaver’s passing in a statement Monday morning. He was 42 years old.
“We are devastated by this loss and trust the Lord to guide us through this difficult time,” the statement said. “All of your thoughts, prayers and support have been and continue to be deeply appreciated.”
According to the group on Twitter, Weaver was hospitalized in late December with complications from the virus. Last August, Weaver got off the road after a period of intensive care following dialysis treatment, according to Big Daddy Weave.
“I’m so sorry to bring this news, but I’m so excited to celebrate where he is right now,” brother co-founder Mike Weaver shared Sunday via Facebook. “My brother Jay went to be with Jesus just a few hours ago.”
Mike Weaver continued, “You guys have helped him through so much. And I tell you, the Lord has used him in such a powerful way. On the road for so many years. come in contact with him know how real his faith in Jesus was. I believe that even though COVID took his last breath, Jesus was just there to catch him. I know he sees things that I look forward to to see now. My heart is broken. ”
Big Daddy Weave was launched in 1998 in Mobile, Alabama. Jay Weaver lived with his family in Navarre, Florida, while the rest of Big Daddy Weave lived in Middle Tennessee.
The group sent a handful of singles to number 1 on the contemporary Christian radio charts, including “Every Time I Breathe”, “My Story”, “I Know” and “Redeemed”.
Format executives shared their condolences for the group’s loss after Mike Weaver confirmed his brother’s death.
Christian radio platform K-Love shared via social media: “Please join us as we pray for Jay’s wife, three children and the Weaver family.”
“We pray for the comfort of his family, but we rejoice to know that he is whole again, with his Heavenly Father,” the Dove Awards said Sunday night.
Jay Weaver is survived by his wife Emily Weaver and three children, Makenzie, Madison and Nathan Weaver.