The lead singer of local Perth band, Pyramid of the Coyote, collapsed and died on stage while playing a gig at the Civic Hotel in Inglewood on the weekend. Gary Cornell was only 34 years old, and what makes the news even sadder is that he leaves behind 2 children aged 8 and 10.
A police spokesman told news.com.au:
A man was conveyed from the Civic Hotel to Royal Perth Hospital, but could not be revived. He is suspected to have died from a heart attack. A report will be prepared for the coroner.
The band’s guitarist Kely Barcia posted a tribute on the band’s Facebook page today:
It is with great sadness that I inform you all that Gary has in fact passed away last night, second song into our set at the Civic Den. Gary collapsed on stage and despite everyone’s best efforts to revive him using CPR and the ambulance team taking Gary to Royal Perth Hospital, he was unable to be revived. There is no specific reason given for his passing but it is suspected Gary experienced a suspected cardiac arrest.
Gary was a great performer/singer/song writer/drummer/musician/event promoter, a great mate to all that knew him, had a sincere lust for living life to its fullest and a great genuine person with a warm and very human side.
Our hearts go out to his family and those closest to him, 34 years of age is much too early to check out.
I would like to thank you all for supporting Gary and Pyramid of the Coyote in the time that we have been plugging away at our music.
I would also like to thank the Civic hotel staff for their support, in particular the two employees that performed CPR relentlessly, not giving up on Gary despite what was to be an impossible mission with no positive outcome.
Once again, my deepest sympathies to those closest to Gary, this is a truly tragic event. I have lost my best friend and brother of 17 years, RIP , you’ll be truly missed :(“
A Perth music Facebook page wrote:
An absolute legend of the Perth music scene and an all ’round top bloke passed away last night on stage doing what he loved RIP Gary Cornell. You will be greatly missed.Only 34, man and such a talented musician and song writer.
Listen: – Pyramid Of The Coyote