Lebanese musician Jean-Pierre Haddad dies aged 39

Jean-Pierre Haddad, frontman and guitarist of Kimaera, is dead The National reports.

The Lebanese band announced the news on their social media channels on Thursday, according to the report.

While no cause of death has been announced, Lebanese news site IM Lebanon reported that Haddad, 39, died in his Cairo apartment from asphyxiation after a natural gas leak.

Friends of Haddad are said to have confirmed the tragedy to The National.

“It is with extreme devastation that we announce the passing of our founder, front man, and brother Jp Haddad,” read a statement from Kimaera.

“Being one of the early pioneers of the Lebanese metal community, JP never lost faith in the local metal scene, while working tirelessly towards taking it internationally.”

The band revealed they recently finished recording the fourth album, Imperium, to be released in March.

“It was only one week ago that the whole band received and listened to the finished new album, and while it will forever hurt to listen to JP’s unique growls, we will make sure that his musical dreams, passion, and legacy will always live through.”

Keyboardist Charbel Abboud released his own poignant tribute to Haddad on Instagram.

“Thank you for believing in me, as a brother, as a friend, and as a bandmate,” he said.

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