Isaiah "Ikey" Owens, Keyboardist for Jack White and Mars Volta, Dies at 38

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Isaiah "Ikey" Owens (at right) performs with Jack White in June 2014

White has canceled his remaining tour dates in Mexico following Owens' death

Sad news from the rock world. Keyboard player Isaiah "Ikey" Owens — part of Jack White's backing band and a longtime associate of the Mars Volta -- has passed away. Owens was 38.

Owens was found dead in his hotel room in Puebla, Mexico, according to a local paper. Although the cause of death is unknown, the paper reports alcohol and marijuana were found in his room.

In light of the news, White's remaining tour dates in Mexico have been canceled.

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"It is with great sadness that we tell the world of the passing of the incredible musician Isaiah 'Ikey' Owens. He will be missed and loved forever by his family, friends, bandmates and fans," Nasty Little Man PR said via a press release.

"Ikey Owens was an astounding keyboard player in Jack White's backing band. He also played with Mars Volta, Free Moral Agents and many other projects. Out of respect for Ikey, the remaining shows of the Jack White Tour in Mexico have been canceled."

"We will all miss you, Ikey. You were and are an incredible artist."

Owens was also a member of De Facto, the Mars Volta's dub reggae side project. He teamed up with White in 2012 and was working on a self-titled album, recorded in Nashville, according to a June 2014 interview.

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