“Dear fans and friends,
With deep and profound sadness, we inform you of the untimely passing of our beloved friend and drummer Akira Tsuneoka of Hi-STANDARD.
His music and spirit will live on in our hearts. We ask that you respect the privacy of his family and the members of Hi-STANDARD during this difficult time.”
Tsuneoka was a founding member of Hi-Standard in 1991 and he remained with the band until his untimely passing. The three-piece rose to prominence in the late 90’s after signing to Fat Wreck Chords. The label has released their own statement in response to the news:
“Today, we mourn the untimely death of Akira Tsuneoka, a beloved member of the band Hi-STANDARD, and a treasured member of the FAT family. Tsune will be remembered for his incredible talent, infectious enthusiasm, and genial spirit. As a founding member of Hi-STANDARD, he was a driving force behind the band’s success. He captivated live audiences with his passion and perfection on stage. He will be dearly missed by family, friends, and fans. Our hearts go out to all those touched by his life and music.”
We’ll be keeping Akira’s family, friends, and bandmates in our thoughts.