Jay Weaver, the co-founder and bass player in contemporary Christian band Big Daddy Weave, has passed away at 42 from Covid complications.

The band had been asking for prayers for his healing, however following complications from Covid, he passed away Sunday. He was hospitalized in late December.

In a Facebook post, his brother and the band’s frontman, Mike Weaver, took to social media to announce his death. “I’m so sorry to bring this news but I’m so excited to celebrate where he is right now. My brother Jay went to be with Jesus just a couple hours ago. You guys have helped carry him through so much. And I’m telling you, the Lord used him in such a mighty way.

“Out on the road for so many years. And anybody’s who’s come in contact with him knows how real his faith in Jesus was. I believe even though COVID may have taken his last breath, Jesus was right there to catch him. I know he’s seeing things now I long to see. My heart’s broke.”

His death comes as the U.S. has seen a major surge in Covid cases as omicron continues to spread.

In a statement, the band’s label, Fervent Records, said, “We are devastated by this loss and are trusting the Lord to guide us through this difficult time. All of your thoughts, prayers, and support have been and continue to be deeply appreciated.”

The band members met in college while attending the University of Mobile. Mike Weaver had been serving as worship leader of a Pensacola, Florida church and attending a community college in the area. He came to the university at the urging of his pastor, and studied voice.

The band is currently touring, however there has been no updates as to whether their upcoming events will be canceled.

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